Florida's absence of X-ray equipment not uncommon in SEC

jtipton@herald-leader.comFebruary 14, 2013 

Kentucky players carried forward Nerlens Noel off the court after he severely injured his knee in the second half against Florida on Tuesday night. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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A mild tempest erupted on social media this week because Florida did not have X-ray equipment in the O'Connell Center.

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, who tore the ACL in his left knee during the second half of Florida's win over Kentucky on Tuesday night, was taken to the on-campus Shands Hospital, which is less than a mile from the arena.

A quick check via email suggested that most Southeastern Conference schools do not have X-ray equipment in their home arenas. Of the 10 schools that responded, eight said they did not have such equipment on site. The eight were Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

The two schools that have X-ray equipment at their arenas are Kentucky and Texas A&M.

All schools that responded said they had medical staffers and defibrillators on site.

Bill Owen, the CEO of Lexington Center Corp., said that Rupp Arena has 12 defibrillators and about 75 trained staffers on site at every Kentucky game.

Jerry Tipton: (859) 231-3227 Twitter: @JerryTipton Blog: ukbasketball.bloginky.com

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