The HUNH Rule (AKA Saban’s Law) & why is it not likely to pass
A secret meeting was held in which a small group of coaches tried to “hurry up no huddle” a rule change. Somehow the contents of the meeting became public and revealed that a rule change was being proposed for vote on March 6th without allowing time for debate from anyone opposed to said proposal.
Nick Saban asserted that HUNH offenses specifically, as opposed to and distinct from all other styles of offense, contribute significantly to increased incidence of defensive player injury.
The above is Saban’s thesis statement. It can be substantiated or disproved with evidence. Coaches opposed to Saban’s Law have said that there is no evidence to support the claim.
Gus Malzahn came out with a statement regarding the issue and has requested that the proposal be tabled until next year. This was an excellent move on his part. First, the extra year provides a reasonable pumping of the brakes on this attempt to hurry up and pass Saban’s Law. Second, Gus and other HUNH advocates say there is no evidence to support the proposal, and thus the extra year will provide time for everyone to pay specific attention to the issue and gather evidence. However, gathering evidence may not be so simple.
Acid Reign made a statement in the comments on Jay Coulter’s Monday article which illustrates the difficulty Saban’s Law has of passing.
‘Acid Reign’ wrote the following on FEBRUARY 18, 2014 AT 1:07 AM:
…..They don’t record the position of the play clock in the stats, I don’t think. They record where the game clock is at the start of possessions, after scores, and when a timeout is called. You’d have to go through game film and note when the ball is snapped every play. ESPN usually shows the play clock, but not always. CBS rarely does, till it ticks down under 10 seconds. It would be an epic job to track all that down.”
…..That said, I think Auburn only rarely snapped it less than 10 seconds in. Maybe at the end of each half of the Iron Bowl, when we were hammering Tre Mason up the gut repeatedly while Bama was expecting pass with the clock winding down.”
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In order for Saban’s Law to pass, his advocates must provide evidence to support his claim that HUNH offenses cause disproportionate numbers of injuries to defensive players. If the elapsed time of the snap is not recorded, then it is impossible to gather such a crucial bit of information unless, as Acid said, someone watches a lot of film to record the time of the snap.
The amount of attention this issue has raised about the subject, but more importantly about how the proposal was brought before the rules committee, should make it less likely that such a feeble attempt to manipulate the NCAA will succeed.
If Saban’s Law advocates ever do provide a study to support his claim, it will be gone over with a fine tooth comb by hundreds if not thousands of number crunching geeks to examine the validity of the evidence and methodology. If the study is found to be flawed or biased, it will further erode confidence in the NCAA as a fair and legitimate governing body.