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The next big thing?

Bruce Feldman’s piece about how Stanford is using virtual reality technology to train its quarterbacks is fascinating.  Read the sucker.

Do I think it has a widespread future in college football?  Well, let’s put it this way… Stanford’s head coach David Shaw went from being a skeptic about how this kind of technology might help (“I made it about two plays before I felt seasick…”) to seeing a real big benefit.

“‘I was like, ‘Wow, if we could actually put quarterbacks in a virtual world so we’re not using extra practice reps, we’re not extending practice at all — we’re not messing with the 20-hour work week, we’re just creating a library of things for a QB to learn something, that’d help your backup QB who’s never gonna get as many reps as a starter and helps your starter get three reps on a play that he screwed up on and he can just watch the same thing over and over again and see everybody and feel like he’s there.’ When Derek started explaining it to me, I got really excited.”  [Emphasis added.]

Leverage, peeps.  Don’t leave practice without it.

Yeah, with that kind of angle, I’d say this has legs.

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The need for an intelligent mouthguard

Another good story about schools looking to use technology to find ways to address concussion issues, this time at South Carolina.

One question, though.  Does anyone besides me find it a little strange that the NCAA apparently doesn’t monitor painkiller distribution at member schools?  You’d think that would be an easy enough thing for it to do.

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“Helmet technology is not nearly as difficult as the race car.”

How do you know when someone’s safer helmet technology looks promising? When you’ve got Steve Shaw saying stuff like this:

SEC officiating coordinator Steve Shaw was present as well and, after hearing the presentation, told Sicking, “We’ve got to get these helmets to everybody and not have a high school worry, ‘What if I break three face masks? I can’t afford that technology.’”

An SEC official saying damn the cost, full speed ahead?  Whoa.

Let’s get moving on this, boys.

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Thursday morning buffet

Perhaps you’ll find something nourishing here.

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Tuesday morning buffet

A little snow, a little buffet…

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Wednesday morning buffet

A warm buffet for a cold morning.

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“Do you just turn the floodgates open with technology?”

It sounds  like college football is rapidly approaching the point when it won’t have any choice about that.

The National Federation of State High School Associations now allows any form of communication technology during high school football games outside the nine-yard marks, on the sidelines and during halftime. Smart phones continue to get smarter, and college football appears to have no way to prevent impermissible use of them.

“The way it is now it’s hard to enforce sort of unenforceable rules,” said Rogers Redding, national college football officiating coordinator. “You don’t really want officials checking in a team area to see what’s going on. High schools just opened it up and said, ‘Whatever you want to use, go ahead.’ They seem pretty happy about that. There’s always the issue of different resources and what’s available. You’ve got rich guys and poor guys. I’m sure we’ll talk about it.”

“Rich guys and poor guys”, eh?  This sounds like a job for AUTONOMY!

And it wouldn’t be today’s NCAA without at least one player-related tricky item.

One unanswered question: Do college players have to sign off on wearing sensors that could be used for commercial use? The idea of tracking sensors comes during a litigious time for the NCAA and its members, who are weighing whether to pay players for use of their name, image and likeness while the NCAA defends the “amateurism” concept.

“Weighing”?  More like being forcibly shoved.

By the way, why do articles like this regularly seem to use Urban Meyer to make a point (“Urban Meyer could have more time to commiserate with players and officials in 2015.”)?  I think it’s because he’s become the poster boy for the “don’t blame the coaches, blame the rules” crowd.  Nice reputation, Corch.

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