on Wednesday did not back off his claim that up-tempo offenses may be more dangerous to players and suggested the issue needs further study.
"I don't care about getting blamed for this. That's part of it," Saban told ESPN.com. "But I do think that somebody needs to look at this very closely."
Few would dispute Saban's notion to examine the subject.
The problem many colleges have with the pace-of-play concern is that a rule change was proposed before significant studies have been conducted.
The "10-second" rule would penalize teams for snapping the ball before 10 seconds has run off the 40-second play clock.
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Up-tempo coaches feel traditional-system coaches like Saban and Arkansas'
Alabama, under Saban, has won three
Times' staff writers Gary Klein and Chris Foster recently took an in-depth look at the pace-of-play issue.
Saban has maintained he was not behind the rule proposal but did speak to the panel about his concerns about player safety.
"The fastball guys [up-tempo coaches] say there's no data out there, and I guess you have to use some logic," Saban said. "What's the logic? If you smoke one cigarette, do you have the same chances of getting cancer if you smoke 20? I guess there's no study that specifically says that. But logically, we would say, 'Yeah, there probably is.'"