ACC injury-report guidelines leave plenty of wiggle room

The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK - Before the season began, the Atlantic Coast Conference implemented new injury-reporting guidelines under which the 12 schools are to list ailing players' status the Thursday before games.

It seems there are still a few kinks in the system.

One issue is that the guidelines don't apply to nonconference games - an exception that can create confusion.

Consider Maryland's Sept. 20 game against Eastern Michigan. The Terps voluntarily issued an injury report the preceding Thursday night even though it wasn't a league contest.

Hours before the game, Eastern Michigan and the media learned that Maryland defensive back Nolan Carroll had suffered a high ankle sprain late in the week during practice and wouldn't play. He wasn't on Thursday's list.

Asked about the omission of Carroll, Maryland said yesterday that it couldn't recall exactly when the player was injured - one official said it might have been Thursday. If Maryland knew Carroll's status was uncertain, then "I should have listed him as questionable," coach Ralph Friedgen said.

But Maryland also said it hadn't learned until the day before the game that Eagles starting quarterback Andy Schmitt had been injured in practice and couldn't play. The Terps would have liked to have known that sooner.

Not only do the guidelines not cover nonconference games, but they also are not enforceable in league play.

"The only kinks are that there is nothing required, basically," ACC spokesman Mike Finn said yesterday. It is up to the ACC to receive and disseminate the injury reports, but there are no sanctions if schools don't cooperate.

Finn said if a school didn't send its reports in, "we'd mention it to them and give them a little prompting. But if they decide not to do it, then they don't do it."

Maryland played its first ACC game last week at Clemson. Finn said the Tigers "sent their injury report out to the media just after 6:04 p.m. on Thursday night." But Maryland said it didn't receive it until Friday morning.

Friedgen said he obtained much of his Tigers injury information while riding to the airport Friday and reading articles from Clemson-area newspapers.

Notes:: Versatile Adrian Moten is out four to five weeks because of surgery to repair ligaments in his wrist. Moten has been valuable as an outside linebacker and as a pass rusher. He's also been an asset on special teams and blocked a punt against Eastern Michigan. ... Wide receiver Danny Oquendo is listed as questionable. Friedgen said Oquendo "got his bell rung" against Clemson but re-entered the game. Also questionable is running back Da'Rel Scott, whose shoulder injury isn't fully healed, along with Carroll, defensive end Mack Frost, offensive lineman Joe Faiella and defensive tackle Travis Ivey.


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