Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre said it's unlikely the Pac-12 Conference's new limits on contact in football practices will have much of an impact at Colorado in the fall.
MacIntyre said he believes the conference will institute a limit of two days per week of fully padded practices during the season. He said the Buffs will only have one, keeping in line with the schedule his teams followed at San Jose State the past three seasons. MacIntyre said the Buffs will generally practice in shoulder pads, helmets and shorts two or three times during the week and full pads just once.
"I think it's very proactive what they're doing, but we won't just go out and beat our guys up," MacIntyre said. "...There is a lot of things I can do in practice without running them into each other all the time."
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said this week the conference is developing a new policy on contact limits for football and the policy will be unveiled at football media day in the Los Angeles area July 26. Scott said the policy is being modeled after policies already in place at schools across the conference. The move will standardize things for all Pac-12 programs.
MacIntyre said conference coaches discussed the issue at their recent spring meetings. He said his primary concern is that the conference not make drastic changes to hitting limits in spring football.
"You got to teach young people how to tackle," MacIntyre said. "You got to teach young people how to block, how to carry the ball correctly, the rules of the game. You can't attack the head. So when do you do that if you don't do it in spring practice? You got to at least teach the game. I'm fine with what they were talking about doing in the fall. That doesn't effect us anyway."
MacIntyre said spring football is spread over a long enough period with just 15 practices allowed over 35 days that there is ample time for players to recover. He said the NCAA already limits full contact to only seven of those practices and he uses half of them before spring break and the rest after, giving additional time for players to recover from big hits or tough days.
"We go full speed without running into each other in shorts and having correct ankles and doing all that," MacIntyre said. "You can do that if your kids learn how to practice correctly and that's one of the reasons we try to practice the way we do."