Steve Sarkisian vs. David Shaw: The faking injuries debate

Stephen Lam

Steve Sarkisian complained about Stanford faking injuries today. What are your thoughts on faking injuries to slow down up-tempo offenses?

Sean Reynolds, Block U: I don't like it ... but you've got to have a pretty convincing case or you just come off as a whiner.

Chris Landon, UW Dawg Pound: I actually think that Sark implied that Hart instructed the injured players to stay on the ground longer than they had to. Personally, I don't see either Shayne Skov or Ben Gardener faking being hurt. But I definitely see the staff taking their time to get them off the field. There really isn't much to say. It's gamesmanship and it is legal. It isn't unlike Oregon playing loose with the rule about sneaking players in from the sideline and then hitting them uncovered for a long TD. It kind of sucks, but it is completely legal.

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: I don't really support it, but I think it is unavoidable because there is really no way to stop it. Sure, if it is completely obvious like when Cal did it a few years ago against Oregon, you can fine or suspend guys, but that is really hard to enforce. Teams are going to do whatever they can to win and unfortunately that is a way that defenses can defend the hurry-up.

Jason Bartel, Arizona Desert Swarm: I hate it. Hate hate hate hate it. I don't know how to get rid of it, but it needs to be dealt with. It's so cheesy to fake injuries. It's not part of the game, and I'm not sure how coaches can look at themselves in the mirror after ordering their players to fake being hurt just to give the defense a breather.

Noah, Addicted to Quack: I think it is clearly against the written rules of college football, but that it is a difficult rule to enforce. I like Ted Miller's idea of requiring "injured" players to sit out an entire series or multiple plays.

Josh Schlichter, Pacific Takes: As someone who tends to side more with offenses, I really hate the strategy and hope it can be policed in someway moving forward. However, if a defense is really struggling to get plays in and substitute players, faking injuries might be the only way to slow down up-tempo offenses aside from actually stopping the offense.

Connor Pelton, Building the Dam: Until the NCAA does something about it, I'm fine with it. Whether through holding on the offensive line, or stealing signs in baseball, players are always going to try to gain an advantage. It's up to the NCAA to stop it by penalizing teams (not on the field; that would be impossible. But there are ways to do it after the fact).

Phil Fraser, Ralphie Report: If the allegations mean more coaches sniping at each other like David Shaw, then I'm for it!

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