Rise and shine, friends. Here’s what’s going down in the Big Ten today.
— Urban Meyer’s hyper-competitive ways extend to his approach to academics, per the Columbus Dispatch. Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino was interviewed in the story, and he talked extensively about how grades are important to the player, position group and team as a whole, which is as good an approach to take towards academics as any.
— As fears about brain health mount to the point where sports sociologist Jay Coakley is telling the New York Times that football is at “a turning point,” Deadspin says the “holy grail” of chronic brain damage is on the horizon.
Researchers are close to a point where the tau proteins consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) can be mapped on the brain while the patient is still alive. This would open up massive new avenues for studying and tracking CTE.
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