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Kickoffs could be on chopping block

Kickoffs, viewed as more of a health risk than other plays, might be an endangered species in college football.

According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the American Football Coaches Association’s board of trustees and the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee both have held at least informal discussions regarding the abolishment of kickoffs.

“I don’t think there is any doubt it is the most dangerous play in the game,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, chairman of the Division I oversight committee, told CBS Sports. “How much that’s the case and how we can fix it is unknown.”

No rule changes are forthcoming this year, and the discussion has not reached the level of the NCAA rules committee, Dodd reported.

AFCA executive director Todd Berry, the former head coach of Illinois State, Army and Louisiana-Monroe, told CBS Sports, “I’m excited we’re starting to have this discussion. It looks like the data is skewed where we have more injuries on that play. If that’s the case, we have to look at eliminating the play, modifying the play, change blocking schemes.”

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who is an AFCA trustee, told Dodd, “It’s a very, very, very in-depth conversation of how it (kickoffs) affects the game.”

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