Bret Bielema Discusses Proposed NCAA Player Safety Rule

Published 02/21 2014 10:30AM

Updated 02/21 2014 06:18PM

SEARCY, AR - The head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks is speaking out in support of an NCAA proposal that's creating a buzz in the college football world.

Bret Bielema addressed the media Thursday night in Searcy before a meeting of the White County Razorback Club.

Among other topics, he talked about the NCAA’s Football Rules Committee proposing a rule that would keep an offense from snapping the football for ten seconds, to allow for defense substitutions. The reason for the rule is said to be player safety, but some are saying its real goal is to slow down the offense.

Bielema was a voting member on the rules committee for two years before this year.

Watch the attached video to hear Bielema's comments.

Late Friday afternoon, Coach Bielema issued the following statement about his Thursday remarks:
"It was brought to my attention that remarks I made yesterday evening while discussing a proposed rule change were unintentionally hurtful. I am very passionate, as we all are, about the serious nature of protecting the well-being of student-athletes, and earlier today I was interviewed by writer Andy Staples to explain my stance on the proposed rule. In my press conference last night, I referenced information about the tragic loss of a life of a student-athlete. My comments were intended to bring awareness to player safety and instead they have caused unintended hurt. As a head coach who works with young individuals every day, the passing of Ted Agu is a reminder to us all how short and precious life is. I would like to extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to the Agu family, Coach Sonny Dykes and to the University of California family.”

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