Helmet cams on football players? The ACC hopes so

ClemsonThe ACC and several other conferences around the country have begun investigating the option of using in-helmet cameras on college football players.

The official line is that coaches will be able to better evaluate what the players are seeing and how they are making their decisions. But, conference officials aren’t eliminating the option of using the video for broadcast TV.

ACC Commisioner John Swofford indicated during his ACC Football media forum Sunday afternoon, that the ACC had requested from the NCAA the option of including these helmet cams in future games. This request was denied last month, but only because the committee didn’t feel that it had enough time to evaluate and study the option. They’ve since indicated that they will  re-visit the matter in February of 2015.

When asked about the possible uses for the cameras, Swofford said, “As much as anything, it would be an opportunity to, not necessarily during a live broadcast, although that’s a possibility, too….but, a teaching device with coaches in terms of what a player is seeing.”

The ACC has briefly flirted with the cams, including fitting one on Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman during the Hurricanes’ spring game. Swofford indicated that it was a successful test, “I talked with him the night before last a little bit about it, and just to see if it bothered him or if he even knew it was there, and he said he didn’t, other than he saw it when he put his helmet on and that was the end of it. He didn’t even know it was there.”

The cameras, developed by Schutt Sports and Sports Video Innovations will become reality for the viewers soon as the Arena Football League has agreed to debut the feature during their 2014 season.
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Clemson University tested the cameras on their quarterbacks during spring practices and coaches said that it provided a new way to break down film, providing them with the players point of view.

There is no doubt that the cam would become an instant hit with television viewers, allowing college football fans to get closer to the action than ever before. Look for the NCAA to revisit this early next year with an expected launch date of fall 2015.

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