Former players from at least 100 college football programs have been diagnosed with CTE

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The awareness of head trauma and the long-term impact it can have on the lives of football players continues to be researched like never before. A study released on Wednesday by the Concussion Legacy Foundation says former college football players from over 100 programs have been diagnosed with CTE. Each power conference has had at least one program with at least three confirmed cases.

How far back the study goes is not clear, but it does include at least one player from the 1969 Texas Longhorns, Greg Ploetz. The former defensive tackle died of dementia in May 2015, and it is believed he suffered from long-term effects of playing football while at Texas.

Based on the data gathered for this report, Michigan State has had the most players diagnosed with CTE with seven. Georgia had the second-most with six players according to the study. In all, 15 universities with at least three CTE cases have combined to win 64 national championships. The SEC leads all power conferences with 28 CTE cases, followed by the Big Ten with 22, Pac-12 with 20, ACC with 10 and Big 12 with eight. It is important to note the study is not suggesting the number of CTE cases is tied to the level of play at any specific program or in any specific conference.

The main focus of this information is to support the idea that CTE is not just an issue with professional football. College football has taken measures to better protect and diagnose concussions and treat CTE injuries in recent years, and more will surely be done moving forward.

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.