BY AARON BRENNER
CLEMSON – The recently suggested NCAA rule change to prohibit snapping the football within the first 10 seconds of the play clock had to be met with a series of emotions and facial expressions among Clemson’s coaching staff.
Smirks. Chuckles. A guffaw, perhaps. Maybe a slight hint of concern, if this widely-rebuked rule proposal actually goes into effect during the NCAA Player Rules Oversight Panel’s vote, tentatively slated for March 6.
ESPN.com conducted a poll of the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches, and reported that only 25 were in favor of the red-light offense.
A shocking development to absolutely nobody: Dabo Swinney, who bears Chad Morris as his offensive coordinator, was one of the 103. In 2013, Clemson averaged 79.8 snaps per game, ranking eighth in the nation. Clemson’s 81.7 snaps per game in 2012, and 75.4 in 2011, also ranked eighth those respective years.
“That’s the dumbest rule,” Swinney told ESPN.com, reported Wednesday. “That rule right there reminds me of public reaction people had when they put in the forward pass. It’s just the craziest thing. That makes no sense, and to hide behind player safety is wrong, because it’s just not factual.”
Swinney holds a press conference Tuesday afternoon to preview the Tigers’ set of 15 spring practices, which begin Wednesday.