SEC concerned about concussions

DESTIN, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference is taking steps to learn as much as it can about concussions, ultimately hoping to make college sports safer for student-athletes.

The league announced Friday that it has appointed Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones to head a working group that will review available research, evaluate diagnosis and guidelines, look at standards of practice and bring recommendations back to the conference for further consideration.

Florida president Bernie Machen says concussions have become "matters of concern both within our league and at the national level."

The working group will include two specialists who have expertise in head trauma. They will be associated with medical schools that are affiliated with SEC schools. It also will include two physicians who serve as team doctors at SEC schools and two league athletic trainers.