Sonny Dykes said he’d like to see the NCAA enact rules that might prevent the kind of controversy that arose Saturday, when fans at Memorial Stadium booed in response to a series of Northwestern injuries they believed were faked in order to slow Cal’s no-huddle offense.
Dykes said nothing significant was said when he shook hands after the game with Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, and he stopped short of accusing the Wildcats of unethical play.
But, he added, “I think as a coach you don’t ever want to be put into a situation where that thought even enters your mind that that’s happening.”
As more college teams challenge defenses with fast-tempo play, Dykes said a potential solution is tied to player safety.
“If (an injury) is severe enough that there’s a stoppage in play, to me the medical staff has to have time to be attentive to that student-athlete’s well-being,” he said. “I think the best way to do that is to hold them for the rest of the series, hold them for a specific allotted time frame, (or) hold them for a number of plays.
“But I do think it’s something we need to take a look at.”