By now, you’ve probably seen something about the new NCAA guidelines on contact practices, the key thing about them being guidelines, i.e. suggestions, and not mandated rules. Read this quote from Ron Courson and you’ll understand why that’s all they could do at this point.
“Common sense would seem to think you would have a decrease, but where do you draw the line?” Courson said. “That’s the debate in coaching circles. For example if you say, we’re only going to do contact once a week, that might translate better in the NFL than in college because in the NFL you have guys that are very experienced and know how to hit. In college, maybe you bring in an 18-year old freshman and they need to have good fundamental work. If you don’t get that in practice, are they more prone to get hurt in a game because they’re going out there and they don’t know how to practice?”
Where do you draw the line between player safety and game preparation? I suspect Courson would draw it in a different place than, say, George O’Leary would.
The ADs are the ones stuck in the middle. But I also suspect a couple of bad concussion verdicts and most of them will start siding with the Coursons of the CFB world.