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Person with knowledge of decision: Slow-down rule withdrawn by NCAA football rules committee

  • Washington defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake takes his players through a drill on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Washington defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake takes his players through a drill on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches his team during their Spring NCAA college football practice Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches his team during their Spring NCAA college football practice Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (The Associated Press)

A person with knowledge of the decision says a proposed rule that would have slowed college football's fast-paced offenses has been withdrawn by the NCAA rules committee.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.

After a conference call by the football rules committee, it was agreed the so-called 10-second rule would not be given to the playing rules oversight panel on Thursday for approval.

The proposal penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds have run off the 40-second play clock.

The committee cited player safety concerns when it passed the proposal on Feb. 12. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Alabama's Nick Saban were not on the committee but pushed for changes to control the ever-quickening pace of play.