Pac-12 commission Larry Scott announced on Friday that his conference would become the second in the nation (after the Ivy League) to limit full-contact practices to only two per week during the football regular season. There was no announcement as to if the other days of practice would be used for bake sales, singing “Kumbaya” while sitting in a Friendship Circle, or emotive tickle therapy.
Oregon State Beavers coach Mike Riley said he was supportive of the change (via CBS Sports): “I think the new practice guidelines are a good idea. I’m kind of glad the conference took the lead on that. This is kind of a message from our coaches.”
(I dunno, Coach Riley. Maybe if you guys had more full-contact practices your team wouldn’t have been utterly dominated by Alex Okafor in the Alamo Bowl last season.)
Stanford coach David Shaw also spoke up in favor of the change, saying that all the coaches in the conference thought it was a smart step forward.
The Pac-12 officially defines “full-contact” as “any live tackling, live tackling drills, scrimmages or other activities where players are generally taken to the ground.” This means that practices where players are wrapped up but not tacken to the turf don’t count as full-contact (which is great, because not wrapping up tackles is how Pac-12 defense is played!).
[Source: CBS Sports]