Report: SEC looking into Alabama players' use of Apple Watches for workouts
Alabama coach Nick Saban recently revealed that Crimson Tide players had received Apple Watches for workout purposes.
That prompted a response from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who claimed, “Our guys are putting the work in. I don’t need an Apple Watch to track ’em.”
On Friday, ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach cited sources who said the SEC is looking into whether the Crimson Tide players will be able to keep using the watches. The article included information about who was using the data from the watches and a statement from the Alabama compliance department:
An Alabama spokesman told ESPN on Friday that only director of sports medicine Jeff Allen is viewing information collected by the players’ Apple watches, including sleeping patterns, heart rates during workouts and other health-related data.
Matt Self, Alabama’s senior associate athletics director for compliance, said in a statement: “The SEC is aware that Alabama provided Apple Watches to some of our student-athletes. We are in constant communication with the SEC discussing the appropriate manner in which to utilize these and any other resources to provide for the health and well-being of our student-athletes during this crisis.”
This will be a story to follow over the next few days. Teams across the country are trying to figure out what they can and can’t do during these unprecedented times.