Of course he is.
The SEC is exploring whether Alabama will be able to continue using Apple watches to monitor its football players’ physical activities during the league-mandated shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, sources told ESPN on Friday.
During a conference call with reporters Thursday, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said his program had provided Apple watches to players, and that new strength and conditioning coaches David Ballou and Matt Rhea were “very instrumental in setting up this whole program of what we’re doing with the players in terms of the Apple watches for their workouts and apps on their phones for weight-training programs.”
Earlier this week, the NCAA released a Division I COVID-19 Question and Answer Guide, which included directives covering what schools could do to distribute voluntary workouts to student-athletes. The guidelines specified that coaches and other staff members “may not supervise or conduct such workouts” and that players “may not report voluntary athletically related activities to institutional coaches or staff members.”
Sure didn’t take long for the new guys to acquaint themselves with the Process, did it?
Really, I find Nick Saban’s take on what would be most beneficial in terms of getting college players ready for football in a truncated offseason interesting.
Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn’t believe extending preseason camp for college football teams around the country is necessarily the best way to get them ready for the season.
Saban said Thursday that he would prefer some “teaching sessions on the field” over the summer to prepare for camp, even if it is in shorts and T-shirts. The coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of spring sports, including football practices, across the nation.
Saban isn’t sold on the idea of extending preseason camp.
“If you look at statistics historically on concussions, injuries the most concentrated time that you practice and not play is in fall camp,” Saban said on a conference call with reporters. “You have more practices, you have to spend more time on the field. So I don’t know that increasing that is going to be beneficial in getting people ready to play.
“I think if you could do simulated training programs in the summertime that wouldn’t involve that much contact, or even any contact, that would be just as beneficial at that point.”
Sure beats yesterday’s “hey, let’s use college players as lab rats to see if we can start making money sooner” approach.
Man, you’ve got to feel for Dominick Blaylock.
The injury in the SEC championship game in Atlanta ended the promising wide receiver’s freshman season, but left him ample time to make a recovery in time for the 2020 season.
That rehab came under the watchful eye of Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson and staff in Athens until recently.
The novel coronavirus pandemic shut down spring practice at Georgia before it began and with classes now only online, players like Blaylock are working to come back from injuries in their hometowns.
“At this point, our medical facilities are closed,” Courson said through a UGA athletics spokesman. “We are communicating regularly with our student-athletes and coordinating medical care as needed on an individual basis, whether that be home programs developed specifically for them or arrangements in their hometown. Our sports medicine staff is available to help coordinate any medical needs our student-athletes may have during this period.”
Courson is awesome, of course, but there’s only so much watchfulness he can provide from afar.
I think the header to this tweet is a bit misleading. Brian Kelly isn’t expressing a hope here; he’s providing an idea of how long it’s going to take a college team to prepare for the start of a season.
In other words, if programs can’t get started by July, the season isn’t going to start by Labor Day.
The question I’ve got as we sit here in late March is this: if the schools haven’t opened back up for students by July 1, how are football teams going to be allowed back on campus to work out?
Guys, I think we’ve figured out a way to have a spring game.
Say what you will about him, but at least Jamie Newman’s gonna win the stepping off the bus contest.
Jake Fromm’s gotta be thrilled by this news.
I don’t know what the deal was with the footing yesterday, whether the problems were turf-related or shoe-related, but somebody’s ass needs to be held accountable.