(Editor’s note: The following is an exchange from an interview with Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith in the Columbus Dispatch)
“Question: There’s also been some speculation that the concussion issue could eventually kill football, that all it would take would be a couple of big lawsuits at the high school level and maybe schools wouldn’t want to risk the liability?
“Answer: I don’t know if it’ll kill it but I could see it redefine it, it could change it drastically. That’s why we have to keep studying this issue. There’s a number of studies going on across the country. The Big Ten has an alliance with the Ivy League. We’re fortunate we have an expert on our campus, Russell Lonser. I was in a meeting with him and Urban last week. He’s the guy who (studied) Junior Seau’s brain.”