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North Carolina State University

Luke DeCock: ACC's eyes from above a step toward better player safety

PINEHURST, N.C. So many of the hurried changes to college sports have that barn-door-after-the-horse-is-gone feeling, a desperate attempt to forestall the wave of lawsuits and other athletic activism that has erupted in recent years. Giving athletes the same cost-of-attendance benefits as students on academic scholarships was as sensible as it was long overdue, even if the athletic community at large had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century and is still complaining about having to pay for it. On Monday, the ACC announced that it has adopted one improvement that is neither forced or overdue. It's actually timely, and perhaps even forward-thinking: The...