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Big 12 gets tougher than NCAA on full-contact practice limit

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Jul 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-22 16:01:55-04

By SCHUYLER DIXON
AP Sports Writer

DALLAS (AP) - The Big 12 is further restricting the NCAA rule on contact in football practice by allowing two tackling sessions per week, including a game.

The national rule allows for a total of three full-contact sessions, game included. The Big 12 will allow two practices for players held out of games. Two full-contact workouts for the team are permissible in bye weeks.

All the league coaches asked about the change at media day Monday said the tighter limits wouldn't affect their plans. TCU coach Gary Patterson said the Horned Frogs already have just one full-pad practice during game weeks.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the change came from a discussion with athletic directors, who talked to their coaches before approving the more stringent rule.

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