In the second quarter of the Rose Bowl, Oregon wide receiver, Josh Huff, was hit in the head while attempting to make a catch. He tried to get to his feet, then fell back down. He was attended to by Oregon’s medical staff on field. When he rose to his feet it was VERY CLEAR to those watching he had balance disturbance. He could hardly open his eyes and squinted and grabbed his nose. As he was walking off the field his “straight line” to the sideline looked more like someone who had too many to drink a few nights ago. (here is the video and take from SB Nation), from SB Nation as well;
He tried to stand up, staggered his steps, then fell back down again. Huff is one of the best receivers Oregon has, at a position where the Ducks are already thin on the depth chart.
He was removed for the remainder of the half. After the extended half time the “sideline princess” of ESPN, Erin Andrews notified all of us watching that Huff “only had his bell rung” and was going to return in the second half.
WHAT IN THE WHAT??? WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT!!!!
“Bell rung” = Concussion
Balance disturbance = Concussion
Unsteady gait = Concussion
Tests are not needed at that point, it should have been clear-cut. Player was hit in head, could not get to his feet immediately, then when he did he was unsteady – at best. Test over, signs trump symptoms and especially since the player can lie his ass off and say he is fine.
This is an absolute abomination to NCAA concussion management, even if Oregon MD’s signed off on it. Oh and these college guys are the ones that are in the booth of NFL games.
FWIW, I have only seen him on the field for one play in the second half, but it is early in the second half as I type this.