The National Federation of High School Associations handles officiating in a very similar fashion to the NFL: Each year, certain rules are reexamined and modified, and points of emphasis are issued. These changes and emphases are sent out to high school officials, coaches and directors in various publications. Considering last year's firestorm over concussions, no one was surprised when the NFHS decided to put "concussion recognition and management" on the top of the points of emphasis. Beyond that, however, a rule change was in order. (Click to read more.)
Will Carroll's Archive
Will Carroll triumphantly returns with a look at the remaining playoff teams, and how their injuries affect the road to the Super Bowl.
Will Carroll (the younger) retakes the reigns of Black and Blue, chastising the league's faux-stance on concussions and marveling at the adaptability of Indianapolis' defense.
Dr. William Carroll (the elder) guest-stars in this week's Black and Blue Report, where sprains and muscle ailments take center stage.
It's all concussions, all the time in this week's Report. Will Carroll looks at the stars suffering from concussion symptoms, how their teams are handling them, and the small effect of the league's new concussion guidelines.
As the season wears on, the list of injured quarterbacks and running backs expands at an alarming rate. Will Carroll is here to explain some of the most serious of these injuries.
Will Carroll runs through some serious concussions, wobbly knees, and ponders how the league could upgrade the players' protection.
Will Carroll previews
the end of civilization Colts-Patriots, and treats everyone to a sample of The Carroll Guide to Sports Injuries.
Will Carroll explains Ryan Clark's sickle-cell problems, says "I told you so" to the Cardinals, and cringes at last week's hit on Jake Delhomme in this week's Black & Blue Report.
Will Carroll waxes philosophical on our new computer brains, memories of announcing past, and the talented Dr. James Andrews.