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NCAA denies use of helmet cams

The NCAA will not allow the ACC to use helmet cams and coach-quarterback communications systems this season, according to CBSSports.com.

The NCAA's rules committee rejected the conference's request to experiment with the communication devices, partly due to timing. The committee said the June request did not allow for enough time to formally discuss it.

University of Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman wore a helmet cam during a spring game.

However, the ACC will be allowed to use biometric systems. The most common one is the Catapult system, a biofeedback vest that Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher credits for helping the Seminoles win the BCS championship last season.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford is expected to address the rules issues when he gives his state of the conference address Sunday during the first day of the ACC media days.

The intent of the devices is to record, document and measure data on head contacts. The Catapult system measures even more data. Fisher uses the data in practices to measure the health of individual players. The NCAA allows the use of biometric vests for one-way communication and the data only for health and safety.

“It's allowed (by the NCAA in games) anyway,” said Doug Rhodes, ACC coordinator of officials. “It's never been formalized. You can use it in practice all along. It's always been fuzzy about the game.”

Helmet cams can be used to track head impact and trauma issues but Rhodes said such cameras could also be safety hazards. In-helmet communication between coaches and quarterbacks have been used in the NFL for several years. How they are used in the college game is what the NCAA wants to discuss.

“This has been something we've talked about at a national coordinator discussion,” said Steve Shaw, the SEC coordinator of officials. “We think it could help clean up sidelines because coaches don't have to come out and signal plays."

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