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“When guys are day-to-day, they really are day-to-day.”

The ACC’s program has been met with approval by coaches, who agree to participate in the system voluntarily.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall likes it because it’s something he can cite instead of having to constantly field injury questions.

Other conferences, including the Pac 12, are considering adopting a similar reporting system, trying to balance satisfying fans’ questions without giving information that opponents could use to target a player.

“If they could make a national rule, I think that would be great, so everybody’s just dealing with it the same way and you don’t have any issues,” Edsall said.

Even then, with the importance of every game in college football, expect coaches to continue to seek any edge they can. Even if that means watching the same TV broadcast as the rest of us.

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