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3-point stance: Limiting contact a trend?

1. E. Gordon Gee has many defenders in and out of the state of Ohio, including Tulane president Scott Cowen, the chair of Association of American Universities. Gee’s many achievements should be recognized. But this is rich. On the day after Gee retired for saying, among many other gaffes, that the SEC should learn to read and write, the NCAA recognizes three national championship teams (Alabama football, Alabama men’s golf, Georgia men’s swimming) from the SEC for their sterling Academic Progress Rate.

2. Yes, everyone in the SEC thinks the Pac-12 limited contact a long time ago. And the fact is, half the teams in the league use the spread, which emphasizes space over muscle. But trust me, every other FBS conference will look closely at the limits on practice contact that the Pac-12 is working out now. Old-schoolers might call it disarmament. But given the concerns over concussions, this is where the sport should be going.

3. My Pac-12 colleagues Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell are polling readers to predict the league leaders in various categories this fall. Here’s my thoughts on Arizona All-America tailback Ka'Deem Carey: yes, he led the FBS with 1,929 rushing yards. Yes, he rushed for 23 touchdowns. But defenses no longer will be preoccupied with fifth-year senior quarterback Matt Scott, who took to Rich Rodriguez’s offense like he had been raised in it. Carey might be better this season, but he will have a hard time improving his stats.