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Interesting story out of the Pac-12 offices this morning in that, effective immediately, the Pac-12 is limiting hits in football practices at a level not seen in any other conference in the NCAA.
As a former player, the idea of limiting contact in practice mildly offends me but this is the direction that the sport is headed in and it is pleasant to see Larry Scott continuing to be ahead of the curve compared to other commissioners.
The potential benefits of this are obvious: less of this and this and this. Injuries are going to happen regardless, but if there is less contact in practice, then the rate of injuries is going to go down.
Potential negatives: it could put Pac-12 teams at a disadvantage in the non-conference slate of games and those are massively important in the national perception of the conference.
I think it just becomes a matter of preference. Do you want a healthier roster that may be a little less game-ready early in the season? Or do you want a team that has been hitting full steam, but could be worn down once the season starts?
I'd lean towards the latter; but respect the Pac-12 for striving to and actually follow through with protecting the student-athletes in Pac-12 schools.
It'll be interesting to see how this is recognized by the rest of the NCAA and how long it takes other BCS conferences to follow in the footsteps of the Pac-12.