The college football coaches are used to euphemisms. They don’t say that a player has an ACL — we know what that is and we have the time frame from our own children and their surgeries and physical therapies. College coaches, as Paul Myerberg of USA Today describes, NCAA coaches simply say that a player is “out with a knee.”
Apparently, however, with gambling about to hit college sports, the Big Ten is asking for the NCAA to create a national system for reporting injuries. Colleges are operating with a load of regulatory overhead. The terse descriptions of college coaches may be given under direction from university general counsel. FERPA protects students (and football players are students for purposes of federal privacy protections despite their lack of degree progression or GPAs) from public disclosure of information related to their educational experience (and an injury could be part of that). There are also the privacy protections of HIPAA — medical conditions of patients cannot be publicly disclosed (or disclosed to any third parties) without their express permission.
Enter the gamblers — they want to know who’s playing in a particular game. And that may be what they will have to settle for.