I have a question and I'm hoping the board can help me out. I went back and looked at Michigan's injury reports for the year and noticed that while there didn't seem to be a direct correlation between the percentage indicating the probability they would play and what actually happened. I then went to the official NCAA website and looked for the rule mandating any sort of injury reporting or what guidelines the coaches should follow and found none (doesn't mean they're not there - I just couldn't find them). So I started asking myself why in the hell do we publish one at all?
The NFL, because of betting mostly, requires teams to publish injury reports weekly. Some coaches uses it to mislead other teams into thinking certain players won't play. We all remember Tom Brady famously showing up on the New England injury report for years and never missing a game. And some coaches leave players off the list or downplay the severity in an effort to get other teams to game plan for players most likely not going to play but either way it's a game. But its a league-mandated game.
But is this reporting required in college? And if not, what possible gain does any team have by telling their opposition who is likely to go and who is not? And if injury reports are required but there are no rules governing the accuracy of the reports should we even pay any attention at all to who's on it and who is not? It would seem to me that a smart coach (and I think RR is a very smart coach) would fill the report with misinformation to try and gain any edge he can on Saturday.
Can anyone shed some light on this one for me?