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Most FBS coaches don't favor substitution rule proposal

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A controversial college football proposal to allow a 10-second defensive substitution rule to slow down the game in the name of safety is not being supported by the majority of FBS coaches, according to a poll conducted by ESPN.

According to ESPN, of the nation's 128 FBS head coaches, 93 are opposed to the proposal while 25 are in favor of it. Nine coaches are undecided while one refused to participate.

"There's absolutely zero documented evidence that is hazardous on the pace of play, only opinions," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said earlier this month. "It's just a complete rule change. It would change the dynamics of traditional football in a lot more ways than anyone would think, not just if you get behind by a couple touchdowns and it's late in the game and you couldn't properly come back, but the way you'd coach your quarterbacks. It would just change the dynamics of football."

Under current rules, defenses do not have a chance to make substitutions unless the offense also does.

The comment period on the proposed rule ends March 3. The NCAA's 11-member playing rules oversight panel will vote on the proposal March 6, with a simple majority needed for the proposal to become a rule.

The panel consists of Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd, Northeast Conference commissioner Noreen Morris, UAB senior associate athletic director Derita Ratcliffe, Michigan State senior associate athletic director Shelley Appelbaum, Armstrong Atlantic State athletic director Lisa Sweany, Arkansas Tech assistant athletic director Kristy Bayer, Shenandoah's Doug Zipp, Smith's Lynn Oberbillig and Fitchburg State's Sue Lauder.
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