SEC’s Power Broker Talks Concussions

This is the time of year when the national media reaches out to Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive to discuss the state of the country’s most powerful football conference.

Given the particularly physical brand of football played in the SEC, it is not surprising that concussions was a prime topic.

Slive told the Gainesville Sun earlier this week that “we’ve taken a hard position during the season. We’ve suspended two players for full games for hits that we felt were dangerous, hits to the head. Coaches have been sensitive to that issue. What people forget is it’s just as dangerous to the hitter as it is to the hitee. We’re all sensitive and conscious of it. It’s an important area for us.”

Slive added that he relied upon NCAA Rule 9-1-4, which states a player can’t target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder, for justification for his decisions.

“There’s always an argument on the other side, but the league has given us the authority,” he said. “The NCAA rules mandate when there is a hit of that nature, conference review, and once we do that, we have to make decisions.”

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