Roll ‘dem bones

Well, now.  This didn’t take long.

The Big Ten has asked the NCAA to consider developing a national college football injury reporting system in reaction to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows states to legalize sports gambling.

The conference’s athletic directors proposed to the NCAA Football Oversight Committee in June what would be a first-ever weekly national injury reporting mandate. The ADs claim an injury report is necessary to protect the integrity of the sport.

Such a move would alter one of the most ingrained and long-standing traditions in college football — coaches concealing injuries. From the earliest days of the sport, the decision to release of such information has typically been made by the coaches themselves, sometimes flying in the face of fair play and transparency.

With the cross-country growth of sports betting in its infancy, it is becoming imperative that injury information be accurate and widely available.

“We have to be more transparent,” Ohio State AD Gene Smith said during a National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics panel last week. “In football, we’re going to kill this [idea of] gamesmanship around injuries.”

Remember, boys and girls, that proud conference member Rutgers just happens to be located in the same state that won the sport book litigation.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Concern about making sure future revenues from gambling roll in unimpeded?  Well, I will let you be the judge of that.


Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness, The Body Is A Temple, The NCAA

9 responses to “Roll ‘dem bones

  1. truck

    Integrity, fair play and transparency, in association with gambling? What the hell did I just read?


  2. 79Dawg

    Start the clock, lawyers busily re-writing letters of intent to include mandatory FERPA and HIPAA waivers as we speak…


  3. Cojones

    Can’t wait for the spies to report an ankle injury of a prominent RB that is unreported by the team just before a big game and that changes the betting line. The RB (who turned his ankle in practice enough to limp) later plays in the game and wins it with an 8o-yd TD run. Fun.


  4. Debby Balcer

    Wouldn’t that violate HIPPA?


  5. Argondawg

    So on National signing day you sign away damn near every right you have? Sounds reasonable.


  6. FWIW – it is against the rules at sports books in New Jersey to bet on any events involving Rutgers.


  7. The Georgia Way

    Know that this proposed reporting mandate does not include player suspensions.

    Rest assured, The Georgia Way reserves the right to make these very important announcements at the time of our own choosing.

    Y’all shouldn’t be gambling with our money anyway.



  8. Bright Idea

    What will be the penalty for failure to report an injury?