The Ivy League has announced that it has received permission from the NCAA to experiment with kickoffs this season. In conference games only, teams will kick off from their own 40-yard line, with kickoffs being brought out to the 20.
I have always heard that special teams plays were more dangerous than plays from scrimmage, but never saw any data to back that up. Well, the Ivy League's announcement includes this tidbit: "The goal of the experimental rule is to limit kickoff returns, which account for 23.4 percent of concussions during games despite representing only 5.8 percent of overall plays." This is based only on Ivy League games, in data collected since 2013. But Ivy Leaguers are smart, and I can't imagine any hidden agenda they'd have here. If those numbers are even close to accurate, then I'm in favor of permanently banning kickoffs, starting immediately.