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NCAA drops 10-second slow down proposal in college football

Up-Tempo offenses are here to stay
Up-Tempo offenses are here to stay.

After weeks of controversy and argument, the NCAA has withdrawn a proposal that would serve to slow down fast paced, hurry up offenses in college football, according to ESPN.

In a conference call held today (Wednesday), the 12-man committee chose not to send the proposal forward to the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, just 24 hours before it was supposed to be voted on.

The main reason given for the change was to aid the safety of players e.g as fatigue grew and defensive players didn't have enough time to leave the field of play, they were more likely to suffer injuries.

But coaches who play fast-paced offenses were vocal in their opposition to the rule proposal.

Many spoke out about the change and said they were caught unaware by the announcement of the proposal on February 12th.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who employs a hurry up style, was a big critic of the legislation saying there was "absolutely zero evidence" of a greater risk of injury.

In a recent ESPN survey of all 128 FBS coaches, 73 percent (93 coaches) were opposed to the proposal, 19.5 percent (25 coaches) were in favor. The remaining 10 coaches were undecided.

The news comes as a blow to Alabama coach Nick Saban, who plays a slower style and who's teams have struggled against up-tempo sides, who was a big advocate for the change.

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