Time appears to be running out on one of the most controversial issues of college football's offseason.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee last month began considering a proposal that would penalize teams for snapping the ball before 10 seconds have elapsed on the 40-second play clock. The proposed rule, which would allow for defensive substitutions, would not affect the last two minutes of each half.

The proposal, initially trumpeted as a safety issue, spotlighted a visceral divide between coaches who run up-tempo, no-huddle offenses and those such as Alabama's Nick Saban, whose desire is to see the college game slowed down.

The issue will come to a head this week. The period for coaches to comment on the proposal ends Monday. The rules committee is scheduled to review, and perhaps amend or withdraw it before the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight panel is scheduled to vote Wednesday. It's not expected to pass if it reaches the oversight panel, which includes Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.

ESPN.com reported last week that, based on an anonymous survey, only 25 of 128 coaches at Football Bowl Subdivision schools favored the proposal.

"The whole thing (is) just nuts. This is a bureaucracy within a bureaucracy where the agenda is obvious," said Washington State's Mike Leach, who runs an up-tempo offense.

On Friday, Saban told al.com, "I had nothing to do with the idea of a 10-second rule."

Baseball

Former A's closer Grant Balfour was perfect in his first appearance for Tampa Bay, helping the Rays beat Minnesota 6-3 in Port Charlotte, Fla. "I'll take a one-two-three, 12 pitches every day," said Balfour, who signed a $12 million, two-year contract in January after a deal he had in place with Baltimore fell through this winter.

  • Josh Beckett's comeback from surgery got off to a promising start with three strikeouts over two scoreless innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers and a San Diego split squad played to a 3-all tie over nine innings in Glendale, Ariz. Beckett, who allowed one hit, had a rib and muscle tissue removed in July to alleviate a nerve problem.

  • Reliever Guillermo Mota retired after 14 seasons in the major leagues. Mota, 40, was a nonroster invitee to Kansas City's camp and didn't pitch last season. He played for the Giants and six other teams.

  • Cleveland designated former Cal infielder David Cooper for assignment.

    Winter sports

    Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud of Norway won a World Cup super-G race in his home country. Jansrud, who won gold in the super-G at the Sochi Olympics, finished in 1 minute, 31.39 seconds -- 0.26 seconds ahead of Patrick Kueng in Kvitfjell. Andrew Weibrecht, a silver medalist in super-G at Sochi, was seventh, and U.S. teammate Bode Miller was 12th.

  • Andrea Fischbacher won a women's downhill -- her first World Cup title in four years. The Austrian skied down the new Mont-Lachaux (Switzerland) slope in 1:34, beating Anna Fenninger by 0.15. Squaw Valley's Julio Mancuso was 18th, 2.34 behind.

  • Jamaican Newton Marshall and 68 other mushers left Willow, Alaska, to begin the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The finish line for the 1,000-mile race is in Nome.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.