Bob Ehrlich: Trim Season to Cut College Football Injuries

Thursday, 02 Jan 2014 03:45 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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College football has become big business, resulting in players who have less time for learning and are more prone to injuries, former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich believes.

"I played at Princeton and I'm not advocating that the Ivy League model is for everyone but I do advocate that the Ivy League has a pretty good idea when it comes to limits," Ehrlich told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"We're talking about all these injuries and concussions and now we have a 12-game regular schedule. We have some of these kids playing 13, 14, 15 regular season games, plus practices, plus spring practice. It's crazy."

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"It's a collision sport, the more you hit the more you're going to get hurt ... and the more time you're going to be out of the classroom."

Ehrlich believes a schedule of 10 or 11 games would make more sense.

"Have a little playoff if you want the top four teams, but let's get back to some sort of normalcy," he said.

Ehrlich, author of the book "America: Hope for Change," would also like to see a return to the use of real grass instead of artificial turf on the field to cut down on injuries.

"If you're really serious about being concerned about injuries … you're going to try take some speed out of the game," he said.

"What quickens the game of football up? Artificial turf. And so it's an injury issue, it's just football. If nobody's dirty, it's not football."

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