So apparently no one is okay with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema citing the death of Cal player Ted Agu as a reason to pass the NCAA Football Rules Committee's new proposal.
As a refresher, the proposed rule would give defenses 10 seconds after the start of the play clock to make substitutions before the offense is allowed to snap the ball. If the offense snaps the ball too early, it, ironically, would get a delay of game penalty. Bret Bielema has been one of the biggest supporters of this proposed change, but Thursday, he seemingly took things a little too far.
When asked to present evidence as to why this rule change should pass, he said, "Death certificates," citing the unfortunate death of a Cal player who collapsed during a conditioning run earlier this month.
It was then made clear that Bielema was referencing the fact that Agu reportedly had sickle cell trait and that this rule change would allow teams the chance to keep players with these kind of problems safe.
Despite the outrage at his comments, Bielema is confident the rule change will pass when it comes to a vote on March 6th.