The Pac-12 Conference now has full-contact football practices limited to twice a week. (Associated Press)
The Pac-12 Conference will limit full contact practices this upcoming season, citing concerns about student-athlete safety, reports CBSSports.com.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced Friday that the conference's teams are allowed a maximum of only two full-contact practices per week during the regular season. The only other conference to put limits on full-contact practices is the Ivy League. They also have a two per week limit.
Practices in the preseason are limited to one full-contact drill during days teams have two-a-day practices.
Scott said the guidelines “struck a fine balance between staying healthy and staying sharp.”
"I think the new practice guidelines are a good idea,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. “I'm kind of glad the conference took the lead on that. This is kind of a message from our coaches.”