This is the first time I have received quotage for CBS’ College Football Today. And I’m gladly posting it here.
Today, CBS’ Spencer Tillman and Mr. College Football, Tony Barnhart debated whether injury reports should be released as they are in the National Football League and host Tim Brando led a discussion on player safety.
Let’s take a look at what was said on CBS today.
NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY” WITH TIM BRANDO, SPENCER TILLMAN AND TONY BARNHART
During CBS Sports’ pre-game show COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, host Tim Brando and analysts Spencer Tillman and Tony Barnhart discussed whether college football should report injuries similar to the NFL.
Below are excerpts from the show as well as a link to the video on cbsssports.com: cbsprt.co/OQnrUp.
Brando: “Should the college game now finally adopt a policy similar to that of the NFL in which injuries are declared?”
Tillman: “There are three constituencies ?? the parents, the teams and the Networks who broadcast the game, and of course, the people who are calling the game…they’re the only ones who need to know.”
Barnhart: “Spencer, I love you like a brother, but you’re flat wrong about this. This is an idea whose time has come to college football. The ACC has been doing injury reports, NFL style injury reports for over four years, and the world has not come to an end. I talk to Tom O’Brien, the head coach at N.C. State, every Thursday at the end of practice. An hour, hour and a half later, the trainers release the injury report. Four categories just like the NFL… This dog and pony show about hiding injuries has got to end.”
Tillman: “Tony, who does it benefit? It doesn’t benefit anyone else except one constituency out there and that would be the folks who are laying a sawbuck or two on this game.”Brando: “We watched Tracy Wolfson getting flat lied to. We put Gary Danielson in a position to speculate whether he (Tyler Wilson) would play or not play. I believe Tyler Wilson went off after that game because he knew he had been used as a pawn in the process.”
Tillman: The coach is not leading effectively in John L. Smith, it has nothing to do with networks that pay big time money to paint pictures and tell stories. They should know, the parents should know and that’s it.
Barnhart: You talk about wanting to protect the kids. This is not about protecting the kids. This is about protecting the coach. The coaches mislead and lie about injury information.
Tillman: “That’s gamesmanship. They have no vested interest. They’re the only ones who are supposed to know.
Brando: “Power and control. I know that’s the issue here. Coaches don’t want to give it up.”
(On Player Safety and Concussions)
Barnhart: “Everybody’s talking a big game about player safety and concussions and lawsuits and all that. Well, guess what? The SEC is doing something about it. The other leagues need to step up.”
Brando: “We need one voice. We need one exacting of punishment, and it needs to be across the board in what is now the new BCS playoff. Just give us a czar, please.”
I’ll be happy to post the quotage as long as CBS provides it.