Posted February 14, 2014

Petition calls for Obama to oppose NCAA’s 10-second substitution proposal

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Petitioning fans want Obama to oppose Saban and other proponents of the defensive substitution rule. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Petitioning fans want Obama to protect the hurry-up, no-huddle offense. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The NCAA’s proposed 10-second substitution rule has plenty of up-tempo college football coaches up in arms. But let’s not forget the fans — they are just as upset, and many are now demanding some government intervention.

A petition created on WhiteHouse.gov on Friday calls for President Barack Obama to oppose the NCAA’s proposal, which, if implemented, would essentially curb the advantage gained by no-huddle offenses in today’s game. The petition assigns responsibility for the proposed rule change to Alabama coach Nick Saban.

We, the undersigned, kindly petition the Obama administration to oppose the craven attempt by Nick Saban and other poor-loser, dinosaur coaches to stifle innovation by altering the rules of college football rather than figuring out how to defend the hurry-up, no-huddle offense (HUNH).

It is dismaying that the NCAA football rules committee would allow coach Saban to present his views sans opposing views. Even worse, Saban’s lackey, Bret Bielema, blatantly misled the committee in claiming this new rule was desired by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) when the AFCA has never held a vote on the subject nor discussed it at their most recent meeting. We regard this as a cowardly, schoolyard-bully attempt to avoid doing the hard work to learn how to defend the HUNH.

The petition has a way to go before POTUS must chime in, however. As of Friday afternoon, it boasted a whopping 12 signatures, just a bit shy of the 100,000 signatures required for a White House response.

17 comments
TimBrando
TimBrando

@DaveDruda the only issue I ever agreed with President Obama on was the God forsaken BCS. This petition is another chance to win me over!lol

surellin
surellin

This is absolutely not any business of the President's.  Political decisions get made for political reasons, and we have entirely too much of that already.

jacksonatl
jacksonatl

Obama needs to be focused on what he was elected by 51% of the country to do...fix the economy and run the country which he has so far been unable to do.  The last thing he needs to be worried about is a stupid petition.  He is in over his head already.  These stupid petitions by stupid Americans are symptomatic with what is wrong with this country.  People's priorities are way out of whack!

BobRayTalbot
BobRayTalbot

Please leave this guy out of this issue.  Please.  He injects himself into almost anything that crosses his mind; let's just sort out this one thing without his input.  Please.

Craig
Craig

I suspect the last thing we need is to inject politics into college football.  The President may well have an opinion, just as the rest of us do.  In fact, his opinion ought to carry equal weight with every other sports fan...no more, no less.  I don't have a problem if he wishes to express his opinion, but it ought carry no more weight than any other.  There is, apparently, some data from Rich Rod that shows that the PAC-12 ran plays faster than any other league, yet didn't have higher injuries...the one valid question that might impact any decision.  It that's true then that data should be taken into account when making a decision, since that was the only valid concern raised by Saban et al.

bubbalooey
bubbalooey

Obama can whip out an executive order in a heart beat......

BenjaminPGarner
BenjaminPGarner

@taylornichols hilarious yet a depressing reminder that many do think of going to the gov't for all kinds of problems is a viable solution.

DaveDruda
DaveDruda

@TimBrando He's uniting the entire nation...through football. The way it should be!