Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn really doesn’t like a new rule that’s set to go into effect.
Malzahn went on a bit of a rant concerning the new 20 headset rule on the sidelines that was passed by the NCAA rules oversight panel.
It states that no team shall have more than 20 headsets on gamedays with 15 for coaches. Four of those leftover are reserved for players and one for someone not involved in the actual act of coaching players.
James Crepea of AL.com was one of the reporters on site at SEC spring meetings where Malzhahn expressed his displeasure.
“The 20 headset rule is a joke,” he said at SEC Spring Meetings on Wednesday. “There’s no doubt it. I think that’s got the ability to hurt our game. That’s a really big deal and that came about just to try to affect the staff sizes. Any rules that’s put in place because of something else is not good.
“That’s something we’re going to have to deal with. The quality of the game, coaching, that’s what I’m concerned about. The fact that you can only have 10 assistants or your four guys up in the booth and have headsets on and then you’re going to put four of your current players on a headset? I don’t know. I mean that’s going to affect the game and that’s disappointing.”
The rule is meant to limit how many coaches can impact what’s happening on the field, and therefore limit the size of the football program’s staff itself.
Alabama is one such program who has been accused of a staff that’s much larger than necessary in the past.Whether it will actually change how teams communicate remains to be seen.