Members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches are overwhelmingly opposed to a 24-second shot clock for college basketball, according to results of a survey announced today.
Despite a drastic decline in Division I scoring this season, 391 Division I coaches voted against a 24-second clock and just one voted in favor.
Among the 1,524 respondents (a group that also included Division II and III coaches, high school coaches and others) to the survey, the vote ran almost four to one against a 30-second clock. The vote was two to one against instituting a 45-second clock for the first 36 minutes of a game. The Sun Belt Conference uses that form of shot clock.
The coaches have tentatively approved a potential change in the controversial no-jump rule which became effective this past season. A five-second violation would be a turnover against the offensive team, rather than a jump ball/alternate possession.
Edward Steitz, editor of the NCAA basketball rules, will meet with a 13-man rules committee in a three-day session here, beginning Tuesday, to finalize any changes concerning the no-jump rule.
Steitz appeared surprised over the results on the shot-clock issue.
"After the game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final between the No. 1 team in the country (North Carolina) and the No. 3 team (Virginia)," Steitz said, "my phone rang constantly for three days (with people complaining about 'stall ball'). It seemed everyone was in opposition to the low-scoring game played in the last eight minutes.
"That game fostered more clamor for the clock than any single game on any subject in my 25 years on the rules committee. But the coaches' survey which was just completed was a surprise for me."