Last week news broke that the Ivy League has passed a rule that prohibits live tackling "in season" On the surface this is a revolutionary move. Reading it more closely it most likely only eliminates one day of contact from an entire saeaon. The traditional practice routines for teams are they will "scrimmage" during the pre-season and once games begin limit contact to strictly thud periods, generally only twice a week. Scrimmages are game like situations where full tackling occurs and with the exception of a bye week teams restrict scrimmaging to pre-season. Thud is where teams practice full speed but prohibit, as best they can, players from going to the ground at all. The passage of the no tackling rule is a positive move to assure all coaches abide by the same set of safety rules but it is not that far from what the vast majority of coaches currently do. I would be surprised to learn many coaches actually tackle, in practice, during the season, except with younger players during a bye week scrimmage. It would not be a surprise for this type of legislation to take place in more conferences as it is not as dramtic a change as the headlines indicate.