The awareness of head trauma and the long-term impact it can have on the lives of football players continues to be researched like never before. A study released on Wednesday by the Concussion Legacy Foundation says former college football players from over 100 programs have been diagnosed with CTE. Each power conference has had at least one program with at least three confirmed cases.
How far back the study goes is not clear, but it does include at least one player from the 1969 Texas Longhorns, Greg Ploetz. The former defensive tackle died of dementia in May 2015, and it is believed he suffered from long-term effects of playing football while at Texas.
Based on the data gathered for this report, Michigan State has had the most players diagnosed with CTE with seven. Georgia had the second-most with six players according to the study. In all, 15 universities with at least three CTE cases have combined to win 64 national championships. The SEC leads all power conferences with 28 CTE cases, followed by the Big Ten with 22, Pac-12 with 20, ACC with 10 and Big 12 with eight. It is important to note the study is not suggesting the number of CTE cases is tied to the level of play at any specific program or in any specific conference.
The main focus of this information is to support the idea that CTE is not just an issue with professional football. College football has taken measures to better protect and diagnose concussions and treat CTE injuries in recent years, and more will surely be done moving forward.