Out-going Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones used to lay in bed and listen to Ole Miss football on the radio.
That’s something I can understand. The next chancellor may or may not have such a throwback memory. Jones, though, goes back a long way with SEC football and says he’ll greatly miss being part of the conference.
He won’t be leaving without an impact.
Jones, a medical doctor, was part of the league’s committee to increase concussion awareness. That can sound bit vague, but you may see that group’s impact on the game this fall when a timeout is called, and it’s not called by either coach or the game officials.
The SEC announced in Destin last week that it would put in place at each football game an independent medical observer to act as an extra set of eyes with regard to concussion safety. That’s to say that if this observer sees a player acting oddly or in any way showing concussion symptoms after a play on the field the observer has the authority to stop the game.
Maybe training staff from either team has seen this and called time out. The observer’s role is to serve as backup and call time if he or she sees something that neither team does.
The observer will be chosen by the league, not by either school.
This is one of the committee’s key achievements in Jones’ eyes.
He talks a lot more about his role with the SEC through his time as Ole Miss chancellor here.