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Faking injuries ‘atop the agenda’ for upcoming NCAA rules meeting

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An “integrity issue.”

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Tennessee Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

It sounds like a breaking point has been reached.

The NCAA will discuss a potential rule change to fix the issue of faking injuries, which we’ve seen firsthand disrupt offenses that utilize tempo.

The idea is simple — instead of letting an offense sprint to the line of scrimmage without letting a defense call a play or substitute, defenses have found a loophole. Simply take a seat on the field and grab your leg. The trainers come out, play stops, problem solved.

Josh Heupel, who runs the fastest offense in America, has been one of the main targets of the injury fakes. Ole Miss and Purdue were easily the worst this season, as both defenses were able to successfully slow down and disrupt the Tennessee offense, helping each side find a win against the Volunteers.

According to a report from Nicole Auerbach, the NCAA has definitely noticed. National director of officials Steve Shaw told her that faking injuries would be “atop the agenda” at the next NCAA rules meeting.

Josh Heupel claimed that an official said he wanted to see a rule change on the issue during the Music City Bowl. He just might get one.

Let’s hope we get some movement here. Tennessee certainly would be the biggest winner of a rule change like this, but more than that, it’s going to make the game better. Nobody wants to see a college football game creep past four hours simply because a defense has to keep faking injuries to slow someone down.

Steve Shaw is right — it’s an integrity issue. How many times did Tennessee get in rhythm only to be derailed by an Ole Miss player taking a seat on the field? It’s infuriating to watch (and absolutely contributed to the entire Tennessee-Ole Miss debacle), but at this point, it’s well within the rulebook.

Sounds like it won’t be for long, though.