Monday’s media day circuit is full of good news for those concerned about the safety of football players. ACC commissioner John Swofford announced Monday at the ACC Football Kickoff the ACC will have team medical observers in the booth during games this fall.
”This team-specific medical observer will have the benefit of knowing the medical history of the players, because it will be somebody who is involved with them on an ongoing and day-to-day basis,” Swofford said.
The commissioner noted the medical observers will follow league-approved medical procedures as voted on by the athletic directors in the conference. The medical observers will not have the ability to stop a game in progress, but they will be able to communicate with someone on the sideline to check on the medical status of players if there appears to be a concern.
”This is all experimental,” Swofford explained. ”So we’ll see how it actually works in real time, and if there needs to be some adjustment to that, then we’ll see in future years.”
Earlier in the day the Big 12 announced players will be limited to two sessions of live contact per week, including game day.