North Carolina is coming off a 3-9 football season and hopes to return to some sort of relevance in the ACC this fall. Coach Larry Fedora proved he had his eye on the big-picture by delivering some strong opinions at the conference’s media day. The very big picture.
It seems he believes that if football continues to change in the name of player safety, America as we know it will be a distant memory.
“Our game is under attack,” Fedora said. “I fear the game will be pushed so far from what we know that we won’t recognize it in 10 years. And if it does, our country will go down, too.”
Seems a bit extreme? Well, Fedora has the receipts.
He spoke with a general – military branch unknown – and asked what made America’s forces the strongest in the world. It’s because the U.S. is the only country that plays football, the general replied, per Fedora.
“I think because of the lessons you learn in the game of football relate to everything you’re going to do for the rest of your life,” Fedora said. “When we stop learning those lessons, we’re going to struggle.
Go ahead. Try to refute that. You can’t. Name a war the U.S. military has failed to win since it started playing football. Impossible.
If that particular take doesn’t tickle your interest, Fedora also offered his thoughts on CTE.
Larry Fedora: “I don’t think it’s been proven that the game of football causes CTE. We don’t really know that. Are there chances for concussions? Of course. There are collisions. But the game is safer than it’s ever been.”
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 18, 2018
Interesting. Definitely one way to steal attention away from Clemson and Florida State.