As the NFL concussion problem seeps down to affect everything from Bowl games to Pop Warner football, the football teams with what’s generally considered the smartest players have decided to eliminate some of the risk. Ivy League coaches have agreed to a moratorium on tackling in practice during the regular season. (Ivy League joke: if the Big Ten follows suit, the moratorium will be called a ban.) That move means no full-contact hitting in between games — something only veteran NFL quarterbacks and stars have been able to enjoy until now. (You just don’t allow your players to hit Russell Wilson on a Wednesday in December — if you’re Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.)
The NFL has imposed limits on full-contact practices since 2013, but hasn’t banned them entirely. Coaches who felt hamstrung by the limitation have generally grown to like the fact that more players are healthier for game time. In the Ivy League, Dartmouth implemented a no-tackle practice policy in 2010 when coach Buddy Teevens, formerly at Stanford, grew tired of injuries and more interested in safety, according to the New York Times. Ivy League schools do not give athletic scholarships to players, who are expected to compete in a challenging academic environment as well as on the field. The only Princeton football player alum who probably didn’t need the ban was actor Dean Cain, but he was Superman.