Greg Byrne would like the NCAA to slow down before it tries to slow football games down.
A guest of the Doug and Wolf Show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM as part of Newsmakers Week Friday, the University of Arizona's Director of Athletics said a proposed new rule that would make snapping the ball with more than 29 seconds remaining on the play clock a delay of game penalty came as a shock to most.
"Wednesday, Rich (Rodriguez) calls me on my cell phone, which that happens all the time, and he says, 'Hey, do you know about this rule,' and I said, 'What rule,' and he walked me through it," Byrne said. "And I said 'Man, I hadn't heard a thing about it.'"
Byrne added that Rodriguez, who runs a fast-paced offense that would conceivably be affected by the rule, said he and other coaches hadn't heard anything about it either.
"He said, 'I'm going to start tweeting about it,' and I said 'Go for it, sounds good to me,'" Byrne said.
So I hear the football rules committee wants to slow the game down and make you wait ten seconds to snap--and penalty is delay of game!#wow— Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) February 12, 2014
When you snap the ball has always been a fundamental edge for the offense- what's next-- 3 downs like Canada?#LetsGetBoring— Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) February 12, 2014
Fundamental advantage for defense- pre snap movement- maybe that should be reviewed? #WhoMakesTheseRules— Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) February 12, 2014
None of the coaches I've talked to knew about the new rule proposal regarding waiting ten seconds to snap the ball --wondering#HiddenAgenda?— Rich Rodriguez (@CoachRodAZ) February 13, 2014
Needless to say Rodriguez is not happy about the idea, which still has a ways to go before it becomes a rule.
Byrne pointed out that Rodriguez is the "grandfather" of the offensive style, which he has been running for years.
"To take away one of what his strengths are and how he's been able to build his teams and have a lot of success, boy I think that would be unfair."
The NCAA's playing rules oversight panel will now discuss the proposal -- as well as any other -- on March 6.
Byrne said he emailed his thoughts on the matter to Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, who is on the oversight panel, and was told he will offer every school in the conference a chance to give feedback on the proposal.
"In our conference, probably 10 or 11 of the 12 will be against it I would think," he said. "I certainly hope it's not something that becomes a reality, but it's certainly a lot closer than it was a couple days ago."
And that's not a good thing, even if, as Byrne believes, this won't be passed without some resistance and debate. Proponents of the slowed-down pace cite player safety, though Byrne and others have said there is little evidence that says the faster tempo leads to more injuries.
"We always have to be thinking about how do we continue to make ourselves better," he said. "As a program, coaches do that all the time and you want your students to have the same mentality.
"A couple coaches got together and said 'We think this makes us better,' and maybe they thought this would happen quietly, but obviously that's not happening."
But how does something seemingly so controversial even get this far?
Byrne noted that something like this could happen sort of behind the scenes because athletic directors and coaches are pulled in many different directions, not always able to keep track of everything that is being proposed.
"And so I think when you have the rules committees getting together, there may be something on the agenda, but you'd think somewhere, somebody's radar would go off and say, 'You know what, this is kind of a big deal' and make us aware before a vote goes through," he said. "And I understand each coach is going to have things they're passionate about and they want to see, but what Rich Rodriguez has said, what Mike Gundy has said, the game of college football right now is pretty darn exciting."
Byrne said schools face the challenge of getting people to the games instead of just watching them on TV, but either way, people are clearly interested in the sport.
"Let's not throw a wrench in the middle of the whole thing."
Schedule for the week
Dave Tippett and Lon Babby are in-studio on Tuesday for Newsmakers Week.
- Doug & Wolf's Newsmakers Week recap: Friday and the full week
- Greg Byrne: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf
- Steve Keim: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf part two
- Steve Keim: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf part one
- Doug & Wolf's Newsmakers Week Recap: Thursday
- Herb Sendek: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Herb Sendek: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Derrick Hall: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Three
- Derrick Hall: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Derrick Hall: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Doug & Wolf's Newsmakers Week Recap: Wednesday
- Jerry Colangelo: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Four
- Jerry Colangelo: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Three
- Jerry Colangelo: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Jerry Colangelo: Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Doug & Wolf's Newsmakers Week Recap: Tuesday
- Lon Babby - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Lon Babby - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Dave Tippett - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Dave Tippett - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Doug & Wolf's Newsmakers Week recap: Monday
- Jeff Hornacek - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Jeff Hornacek - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Kevin Towers - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Four
- Kevin Towers - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Three
- Kevin Towers - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part Two
- Kevin Towers - Newsmakers Week with Doug & Wolf Part One
- Bryan Sperber, PIR President - Friday February 14PIR president Bryan Sperber closes out Newsmakers Week with Doug and Wolf.
- Greg Byrne, UA Athletic Director - Friday February 14Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne sits in on Newsmakers Week.
- Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals GM - Friday February 14Cardinals GM Steve Keim joins Newsmakers Week.
- Kevin Guy, Arizona Rattlers Head Coach - Thursday February 13What should the NFL implement from arena football?
- Herb Sendek, Head Coach ASU Basketball - Thursday February 13Can ASU make the tournament in March?
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President and CEO - Thursday February 13When does Derrick Hall think things will heat up with the Dodgers?
- Brian Mueller, GCU President - Thursday February 13Brian Mueller explains what attracts athletes to GCU.
- Jim Pitman, Mercury General Manager - Thursday February 13How do things look on the business side of the Mercury organization?
- Ray Anderson, ASU Athletic Director - Wednesday February 12Ray Anderson explains why he took the job at ASU.
- Jason Rowley, Suns President - Wednesday February 12Where are the Suns trending financially?
- Jerry Colangelo, Godfather of Phoenix Sports - Wednesday February 12Jerry Colangelo comes in studio for an entire hour!
- Dan Majerle, Head Coach GCU Basketball - Wednesday February 12Dan Majerle explains the recruiting process.
- David Rousseau, AZ Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman - Tuesday February 11Find out how Glendale is preparing right now to host next year's Super Bowl.
- Lon Babby, Suns President of Operations - Tuesday February 11Eric Bledsoe's future with the team and the relationship between the Suns and Dan Majerle.
- Dave Tippett, Coyotes head coach - Tuesday February 11Dave spends his Olympic break with us in studio to discuss the playoff race his team is in.
- Tim Esmay, ASU baseball coach - Tuesday February 11Tim describes the competitive nature in recruiting high school athletes.
- Tom King, 2014 Waste Managment Phoenix Open Chairman - Tuesday February 11Tom explains how the Phoenix Open continues to be a huge success year after year.
- Charli Turner Thorne, ASU Women's basketball head coach - Monday February 10How is the women's basketball program at ASU doing?
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Monday February 10The D-backs made moves on the mound
- Jeff Hornacek, Suns Head Coach - Monday February 10Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek joins Doug and Wolf during Newsmakers Week.
- Keith Baker, GCU Athletic Director - Monday February 10How long until GCU can make the NCAA tournament?
- George Gosbee Phoenix Coyotes Co-Owner - Monday February 10Live update from the Sochi Winter Olympics.