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Injury Report Questions

I talked to Ralph Friedgen yesterday about the ACC’s injury report policy, which asks teams to disclose a list of injuries after Thursday’s practice. From a reporter’s standpoint, I’m fairly interested in this policy. But I’m not sure how interesting it is for fans.

The policy is in effect for conference games, but Maryland released its injury report for all games even though Delaware did not talk about the status of its quarterback and Eastern Michigan was less-than-willing to disclose much injury information about its QB. That said, Maryland cornerback Nolan Carroll was not even on the injury list and he wound up not playing against Eastern Michigan. So what was up with that?

Friedgen said yesterday that Carroll got hurt late in the week and that he was hoping Carroll would play. In retrospect, Friedgen said he probably should have listed Carroll as questionable. Friedgen said three of the 12 ACC coaches said during summer talks that they were against the new policy. By all accounts, all ACC schools are now abiding by it.

But there is still the matter of when the report is released. Friedgen spent last Friday’s ride to the airport reading Clemson’s newspaper clips, looking for injury updates. He found most of what he was looking for there but without specifics. Maryland did not get Clemson’s injury report until Friday.

“What I like about it, once you do it, then you are not answering questions about it all week long,” Friedgen said. “To me, it is still an unfair advantage if one team knows and the other team doesn’t. Until we make it a uniform rule, then we are always going to have that. … “I list everybody. I am going to list everybody so they can’t say I didn’t list this guy or that guy.”

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer said the policy is “orderly,” although he said he has not paid much attention to it. He said coaches are not doctors (there’s a news flash), and that coaches should not have to describe injuries in detail.

What does everyone think? Do you care about this injury report policy? If nothing more, I think it is something to keep an eye on as the conference season progresses.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 1, 2008; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Comments

This is the kind of thing you either "go all in" on or don't do it at all. Make it concrete and make consequences for the coaches if they don't follow it. Or... don't do it at all. Right?

Posted by: Lee | October 1, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Lee. I don't really care if they have the rule or not. But, if the rule is in place, every team needs to follow it with the same level of detail, time constraints, etc.

Posted by: adam | October 1, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

And there is no reason to even have a "rule" andy "rule" if they're aren't penalties for not following it. A rule without a penalty isn't really a rule, it's a suggestion/request...

Posted by: Lee | October 1, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Delaware did not have any injuries at QB.

Posted by: Rob | October 3, 2008 4:38 AM | Report abuse

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