College football news: How the SEC plans to stop fake injuries

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In recent years, faking injuries in order to slow down games has been the subject of significant debate around college football.

But anyone who hoped the SEC would act will be disappointed.

Asked how the conference plans to tackle allegedly simulated players to slow down play, SEC officials coordinator John McDaid said there was no practical solution to the problem.

“Not a problem that can be solved”

“We’ve spent at least four consecutive offseasons collectively thinking about how the rules of the game can be changed to address the injury simulation,” McDaid said at SEC Media Days.

“And I’ve convinced myself now that if there was a fair way and a way that doesn’t harm the game too much, we would have found it by now.

“It’s another way of saying that I have convinced myself that this is not a problem that can be solved by the rules of the game. It will have to be approached in another way.

“I will also say this, the civil servants are not trained health professionals. I’m in no way asking my officials to assess: ‘Is it a legitimate injury or not?’

“If we have a player down, who is not ready to participate in the next game, we must stop play for an official’s injury timeout and stop play in the future.”

Fake injuries have become a hot issue in college football as offenses take on a faster and more aggressive pace.

Defensive players can effectively control the pace of play and knock their opponents off the schedule by stopping everything and taking a knee.

Policymakers within the NCAA came to the same conclusion as the SEC.

Tasked with finding a solution to the fake injuries, the NCAA football rules committee said it could not offer a definitive rule to judge and ban the practice.

Stanford coach David Shaw is the current chairman of the NCAA Football Rules Committee.

“Ethics are very difficult to legislate, especially when an injury timeout is used to gain an advantage,” Shaw said in a statement this offseason.

“The small number of teams that seem to be using these tactics should be addressed directly.

“We have considered all options to resolve this issue, including allowing both teams to substitute after a first down,” Shaw added. “That’s another step to consider going forward.”

In addition to the ethical concern, the NCAA noted that if a player is legitimately injured, they could have an incentive to stay on the field and risk more injury.


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