i like 'em both
Cliff's Notes: Basically, see the statement Brandon put out the other night. Timetable of further discussion is "in the weeks and months ahead." Sounded like some audible laughter in the mix at the end.
Confidence in our administration: Waning
Texas Coach Charlie Strong today announced that starting QB David Ash will retire from football due to repeated concussions. This makes So. Tyrone Swoopes the starter. Due to reduced depth, Strong has added intramural star QB Jimmy Greenwood to the roster.
This morning, the NCAA announced that it reached a preliminary settlement with former players with regards to concussion testing and treatment. It's valued at roughly $70 million. Link with further details provided below.
Saw an interesting article from my UM Engineering newsletter (Few days old but I just recieved it). Talks about testing done to correlate two concussion testing systems.
Woo!, second try, and 2 successfull attempts below. go team.
“I think the ultimate goal is still that one could predict which hits are going to cause concussions based on the biomechanics of the impact,” Eckner said. “We’re a long way away from that goal, but it would be the greatest benefit that these systems could provide to help players, coaches, team doctors, and athletic trainers.”
I think its interesting that with all the technology of this day and age we still struggle with to sort this out.
The Frontline documentary aired last night. Nothing new here but a compelling portrayal of the NFL. The preview was vetted on the board by wisecrakker over a month ago - but I would like to hear reaction from any of you who saw it. The lawsuit settled by the NFL is probably the best course for them. Some of the language of the settlement though now seems unpalatable given the picture drawn and story laid out by Frontline. This is from the settlement proposal...
“This agreement lets us help those who need it most and continue our work to make the game safer for current and future players. Commissioner Goodell and every owner gave the legal team the same direction: do the right thing for the game and for the men who played it,” said NFL Executive Vice President Jeffrey Pash.
That is anathama to the facts as laid out by Frontline last night. The subset of players who are or who have played since Mike Webster's disability claim was settled -where the league admitted football caused his injury - might have a larger stake than this settlement lays out.
Michigan is doing some concussion work this year. I'm not familiar with the extent of it but I remember it being mentioned in some of the many CTE threads. Hoke is forthright about letting the trainers do their job. The 2010 ND game with Dayne Crist's concussion still strikes a chord in my on going respect against ND. Regardless of the connections ... this is probably the story of our lives with regard to football and how it is played on every level. This documentary is another step. OT'd but it seems germane to any football blog.