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ACC model for sharing injury updates works_ mostly

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3 2012 2:16 p.m. MDT

North Carolina's Giovani Bernard (26) breaks a tackle against Idaho's Gary Walker (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.  (Gerry Broome, Associated Press) North Carolina's Giovani Bernard (26) breaks a tackle against Idaho's Gary Walker (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (Gerry Broome, Associated Press)

The Atlantic Coast Conference is setting the standard this season when it comes to sharing player injury information.

Still, some say the conference guidelines would work even better if all ACC coaches participated fully in the process that they themselves developed.

Two days before conference games, ACC schools are obligated to release lists of their injured players.

There are concerns about the process, mainly that nothing can be done to a coach who chooses not to comply.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris says coaches "sandbag. There ain't no wondering. That's just part of being a coach."

But ACC Associate Commissioner for Football Operations Michael Kelly believes the process works, and most coaches agree.

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora congratulates quarterback Bryn Renner (2) and Giovani Bernard (26) following Bernard's touchdown against Idaho during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.  (Gerry Broome, Associated Press) North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora congratulates quarterback Bryn Renner (2) and Giovani Bernard (26) following Bernard's touchdown against Idaho during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (Gerry Broome, Associated Press)

Kelly says the coaches have enough respect for each other to follow their own guidelines.

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