In the NFL, teams are required to put out injury reports that accurately portray player’s health concerns and his chances of playing. (We’ll pause for those of you who want to yell out, “They do it for the gamblers!” And we don’t disagree.) Well for the first time many who cover the college game are pushing the idea of NFL-style injury reports making their way down to the amateur level. Yours truly made that suggesting on this site earlier this month.
For now, neither the NCAA nor Mike Slive’s league appear to be moving in that direction. But that didn’t prevent the topic from coming up during yesterday’s teleconference with SEC coaches. Some of their views can be found here and here.
“I wouldn’t be for that. We’re sitting there in a Monday press conference and they’re asking you if a guy’s going to play on Saturday. In a lot of situations, I don’t know… That’s not going to work on our level.”
– Will Muschamp, Florida
“We don’t like to discuss injuries with other people. These aren’t professional athletes. These are young kids and they should be treated like other students… There are a lot of privacy rules for students on campus, and we don’t feel that we should discuss their medical concerns with the general public.”
– Dan Mullen, Mississippi State
“There’s two way to go about it: Tell them everything or tell them nothing. I’d just as soon tell them nothing. I know everybody wants to know what’s going on. Especially gamblers. I’d just as soon not tell anyone what’s going on. Your opponents, or people that do that.”
– Mark Richt, Georgia
“I don’t really have an opinion about injury reports. I just think if you’re going to give injury reports, everybody should give them the same way. We kind of tell it like it is, if a guy’s going to be out. But a lot of times in college, guys are day-to-day… Sometimes things come up that you can’t be specific about. I think anything that you do, there are still going to be circumstances and situations that aren’t going to be something that can be clearly defined. Even in the NFL, I think people manipulate the system to put questions in people’s minds about whether a guy’s going to play or not.”
– Nick Saban, Alabama