July 18, 2013
- SEC Media Days
"I don't know that there will ever be any rule changes that affect the up‑tempo teams.
"There's only two questions that I've ever had. You've heard me talk about this before, I'm not going to speak on it now. I don't have the answer to these questions. Should we allow football to be a continuous game? Is that the way the game was designed to play?
"And the second part of it is, and I don't have the answer to this, is an increased number of plays that players play in the game, is there any safety issues in that? They play like 64 plays a game in the NFL. We play over 80 in college. The up‑tempo teams play even more than that. The cumulative effect of that is a player is playing 25, 30 more plays a game. Is there any safety issues in that?
"I don't know the answers. I think these are the questions that need to be asked to know whether there needs to be any rules that affect the tempo of the game."
Ole Miss was the leader in average plays per game this last season in the SEC. They averaged 78 plays a game.
Ark. and Kent. averaged the least in the SEC at 65 plays a game.
That would be a difference of only 13 plays a game.
2012 season A&M was the SEC leader in offensive plays at 78 a game.
Paragraph two of his statement was not even close to being correct.