UNC Coach Larry Fedora Says US 'Will Go Down' Due To College Football Changes
on Jul 19, 2018 09:03 AM EDT
University of North Carolina mentor Larry Fedora slammed the studies that football can result in a Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE.
Fedora said on Wednesday that the rule changes in college football are not changing the game for the better. It can be recalled that college football received a major backlash after studies found out that the game can lead to a CTE, which is a degenerative brain disease that is caused by repetitive head trauma.
The North Carolina head coach revealed that a general in the military once told him that what makes the American military the best around the globe is because the United States is the only nation in the world playing football. Fedora added that the new rules in college football would hurt the country as a whole.
"Our game is under attack. I fear that the game will be pushed so far from what we know that we won't recognize it 10 years from now. And if it does, our country will go down too," Fedora narrated.
Fedora added that the lessons a player learn from football can help them for the rest of their lives. He argued that it's still uncertain about whether football can result in serious health problems in the future. Just like the National Football League, college football has been imposing new measures to improve the safety of the players.
New Rules In College Football
Among the notable changes in the game that are enacted by the Football Bowl Subdivision will come on kickoffs, wherein a player can get a touchback by initiating a fair catch anywhere inside the 25-yard line. SEC director of officiating Steve Shaw said that this change will significantly decrease the injury rate on kickoffs.
"Because what we've seen on touchback plays, plays that result in a touchback, there's still blocking going on, but the injury rate on kickoffs comes down significantly," Shaw revealed.
Besides the new rules on the kickoff, the league has also released a national guideline on how to handle concussions. Additionally, the targeting rule will also be in effect, which can lead to ejections for illegal hits to the head.
Georgia Tech linebacker Brant Mitchell also acknowledged the risk of playing the sport, saying that he is doing the necessary precautions to avoid anything catastrophic. Mitchell concluded he is playing the game as clean as possible by protecting his head from every tackle.
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