Les Miles on 10-second rule: 'No reason to make change'

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Les Miles and Nick Saban will have to agree to disagree. (USATSI)
Les Miles and Nick Saban will have to agree to disagree. (USATSI)
Les Miles oversees a pro-style offense that's usually happy to take its time in the huddle and bludgeon its opponents with a heavy-set, up-the-middle running game. But that hasn't kept him from occupying the other side of the fence from his pro-style peers Nick Saban and Bret Bielema when it comes to the recently tabled "10-second rule" proposal.

"I find there's no reason to make the change," Miles told Nola.com, "unless you want to limit plays, slow the ball being snapped, reduce scoring and make college football less marketable."

Speaking after LSU 's first spring practice Saturday, Miles expounded on his point in typical Milesian fashion.

"There's little or no evidence that would say that injury is likely," Miles said. "Having said that, the incidence of injury in football is 100 percent. That being said, 'He hurt his hand. Why? Because he was playing football. He hurt his elbow. Why? Because he was playing football.'

He added that playing up-tempo teams like Oregon or Auburn has "not been an issue for us."

It seems unlikely that we've heard the last of the 10-second rule -- in 2015, the requirement that a rule-change be connected to player safety is waived again until 2016 -- but if even pro-style proponents like Miles aren't on board, it's hard to see it gaining enouhg traction to bcome reality a year from now, either.

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