PRESS BOX: NCAA could change hurry-up offense rules

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The NCAA Football Rules Committee recommended on Wednesday a change for the 2014 season that will allow defensive units to substitute within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock.

The exception would be the final two minutes of each half.

Under this rule proposal, a hurry-up offense will not be allowed to snap the ball until the play clock reaches 29 seconds or less. If the offense snaps the ball before the play clock reaches 29 seconds, a 5-yard, delay-of-game penalty will be assessed.

Under current rules, defensive players are not guaranteed an opportunity to substitute unless the offense substitutes first. This part of the rule will remain in place in scenarios where the play clock starts at 25 seconds.

The rules committee also proposed an alteration involving the instant-replay review on targeting fouls, which includes the ejection of the player committing the foul along with a 15-yard penalty.

The committee recommends that if the instant replay official rules that a disqualification should not have occurred, and if the targeting foul is not accompanied by another personal foul, the 15-yard penalty for targeting should not be enforced.

All rules proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will discuss the football rules changes March 6.

---East Carolina defensive end Terrell Stanley was hospitalized in critical condition after a car accident on Wednesday morning.

Stanley was driving and offensive lineman Isaac Harris was his passenger when the single-car accident occurred. The players were taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C. Harris was released after a precautionary examination.

---Rutgers and the American Athletic Conference reached an agreement on a exit fee that clears the final hurdle to become a member of the Big Ten on July 1.

The school the the ACC announced that litigation betwen the two sides was settled. No financial terms were announced, but according to ESPN, Rutgers will pay a $11.5 million separation fee, which is more than the $11 million that Louisville paid to move from the AAC to the ACC.

NBA

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin could be out two to three weeks after suffering a broken thumb last Friday.

After Martin suffered the non-displaced fracture in his left thumb in the Timberwolves' 98-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, he was examined by a hand specialist and will be rechecked in two to three weeks, USA Today reported.

---Less than a year after Seattle failed in its bid to bring the Sacramento Kings' franchise to the Pacific Northwest, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver indicated this week that the league has no immediate plans to expand there.

"Seattle is a wonderful market. It would be very additive to the league to have a team there," Silver told ESPN. "But we're not planning on expanding right now, so it's not a function of price."

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