ACC model for sharing injury updates works_ mostly

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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In the ACC, it seems no two coaches treat injury questions the same way.

The only time Fedora discusses injuries is to say he doesn't talk about them. His philosophy took shape when he was Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator. He didn't like facing injury questions then and vowed not to answer them when he became a head coach.

"Why give something to the opponent when you're not getting anything out of it?" Fedora said. "I know it's information that people want to know. But for us, there's no benefit in it. ... I definitely know it's a benefit for the opposing team. It's no more than I would tell you what the first play of the game is going to be or when we're going to call a trick play or when we're going to fake a punt. ... Why would I give any of those things out?"

At N.C. State, Tom O'Brien usually deflects questions with a gentle reminder of the report's release date.

"I don't mind doing anything as long as everybody's on the same page," O'Brien added.

And if other teams aren't being forthcoming?

"Then why should I?" he countered.

Wake Forest's Jim Grobe is more open, in part because his is one of the few programs that opens practice to reporters and fans.

"Seemingly, there's an NFL trickle-down trying to keep it a big secret right up to kickoff, that kind of thing," Grobe said. "There seems to be a lot of secrecy at the professional level, and that's filtered down to some of our guys. I really don't know why."

Of course, a player's status can change during the time between the report's release and kickoff.

North Carolina star running back Gio Bernard, who injured his knee in the opener, did not appear on the report for the second game at Wake Forest yet wound up sitting out.

And Miami coach Al Golden said that, in retrospect, he should have listed punter Dalton Botts as probable for last week's game against N.C. State instead of leaving him off the report entirely.

Despite Morris' assertion that coach's "sandbag" when it comes to injuries, most say they trust their counterparts.

"I would doubt that any of the coaches in the ACC is trying to skirt that, because, truthfully, by Thursday it doesn't matter a whole lot," Johnson said. "Your stuff is in. You do what you do and you're getting ready for schemes anyway. ... You're not going to totally change your game plan."

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AP Sports Writers Aaron Beard in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, N.C.; Pete Iacobelli in Clemson, S.C.; Tim Reynolds in Coral Gables, Fla.; Charles Odum in Atlanta; Hank Kurz Jr. in Blacksburg, Va.; David Ginsburg in College Park, Md.; and Associated Press Writer Brent Kallestad in Tallahassee, Fla., contributed to this report.