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Idaho safety suspended in concussion crackdown

Posted on: November 18, 2010 4:16 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

College football's efforts to crack down on illegal head shots continued Wednesday, as the WAC suspended Idaho safety Shiloh Keo for the first half of the Vandals' next game for this blow to the helmet of Boise State backup quarterback Mike Coughlin :




Frankly, Keo is lucky he's only missing a half; he was initially suspended for the entire game but had it reduced on appeal. (Not that anyone at Boise can complain; Bronco cornerback Winston Venable also had a WAC-induced suspension reduced earlier this year.)

That Keo is suspended at all, though, further emphasizes the new, uh, emphasis in the sport this year on preventing head injuries. But is it coming at the expense of other kinds of equally nasty hits? The SEC raised eyebrows this week when it declined to punish Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley for a late blow to the back of Georgia 's Aaron Murray , and passed as well on issuing punishment to the two Bulldog linemen whose attempted retaliation on Fairley sparked a near-brawl. Notre Dame 's Kerry Neal went unpunished for this stomp on the torso of a Navy player.

The crackdown on blows to the head and concussions is, without question, an admirable one. But those are not the only dangerous -- and avoidable -- hits on the football field.

Comments

Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2010 10:50 pm
 

Idaho safety suspended in concussion crackdown

There is nothing that I can think of about the University of Idaho that isn't dirty...



Amen!



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2010 8:46 pm
 

Idaho safety suspended in concussion crackdown

There is nothing that I can think of about the University of Idaho that isn't dirty...



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