A couple things ... -- The football landscape is changing before our eyes.Even as college football’s elite programs gross more and more revenue, the link between football and head trauma is putting the future of the sport in question.This story by investigative reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada for ESPN’s Outside the Lines shows an evaporating insurance market is threatening football at levels.The NFL no longer can get general liability insurance to cover head trauma, and has found only one carrier willing to to provide worker’s compensation coverage. Helmet manufacturers also are being squeezed.While the NFL has lots of money, programs at the youth and high levels, and many college programs do not.This story is long but well-documented and makes for fascinating reading.-- I linked an Arizona Republic story two days ago in which ASU president Michael Crow strongly backed Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott’s stewardship of the conference.Here is that … [Read more...] about The rapidly growing threat to the future of football on all levels: Issues & Answers
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State announced Tuesday that football coach Urban Meyer will be retiring and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day will be taking over the program after the Buckeyes play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.Here is a transcript from the afternoon press conference featuring Meyer, Day and OSU athletic director Gene Smith, via ASAP Transcripts:GENE SMITH: Let me thank all of you for being here. I appreciate you taking your time. As you know, the announcement has already been made about the decision of Urban Meyer and his family, our head football coach, and our decision to hire Ryan Day.Before I have Urban come up I just wanted to say a few words. Please bear with me. This is a great time in our history to have an opportunity to recognize a coach and a family who’s done such a tremendous job for our student-athletes and Buckeye Nation and our community, but also to welcome in a new leader.First and foremost, I want to thank our president, Michael Drake. I want to thank our … [Read more...] about Urban Meyer retiring, Ryan Day taking over Ohio State football program: Press conference transcript of everything they said
John Adams Knoxville News Sentinel Published 10:33 p.m. UTC Aug 27, 2018 Can Jeremy Pruitt count on Phillip Fulmer? It’s a question worth asking as Tennessee prepares to open the football season against West Virginia in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday. Pruitt is an established defensive coordinator in his first head-coaching job. Fulmer is a first-time athletic director, hired last December to complete a coaching search that former AD John Currie started but wasn’t allowed to finish. Fulmer crossed the finish line hand in hand with Pruitt. The rookie athletic director and the rookie head coach are now in this together. If Pruitt fails as a coach, Fulmer fails as an athletic director. It’s that simple. Jeremy Pruitt, Phillip Fulmer in unusual situation at UT It’s not uncommon for an SEC athletic director’s success or failure to hinge on the hiring of a football coach. But few athletic directors have been in a position to help their coach as much as … [Read more...] about Can Phillip Fulmer say ‘no’ to Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt?
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Kevin Lytle Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 11:37 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 How many times have you sat in the stands at a Colorado State University football game and wished for reinforcements? Maybe the defense was struggling and needed help in the secondary. Or the offense hit a wall and needed a spark. A new rule passed last week by the NCAA opens doors of possibilities for college football coaches, including CSU's Mike Bobo, to use the full depth of their roster. College football players, who are granted five years to complete four seasons of eligibility, can now play up to four games in a season and still redshirt without burning a year of eligibility. The rule also adds flexibility for a player to be redshirted if they’re injured early in the season. This rule helps provide a carrot for young players, who can be disenfranchised by sitting a year doing all the dirty work without the reward of games. Now, every healthy player on the roster could see the field. … [Read more...] about Opinion: How new NCAA redshirt rule can help Colorado State University football