Rules were made to be broken 

February, 27, 2007
02/27/07
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The wonder of what Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema did to hasten the demise of the fast clock last season is not that he exploited the rule. The wonder is that it took until Nov. 4 for any coach to exploit it.

Football coaches don't read the 267 pages of the NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations Book for what it says. They read it for what it doesn't say. Anything not in the rule book is an advantage waiting to be utilized. It has been ever thus.

The late David Nelson, who served on the NCAA Football Rules Committee from 1958 until his death in 1991, wrote in his history of college football rules, "Anatomy of a Game," "Many times the rules were changed because they were not taught or enforced in conformance with the spirit of the rules."

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