The Wall Street Journal takes a look at Alabama’s aggressive use of the medical scholarship rule or, depending on your point of view, the Tide’s bad run of luck with players who’ve suffered career-ending injuries.
Me, I can’t get too worked up about it – it’s within the rules and it’s not exactly a big secret at this point – but the illusion that it’s these players’ decision is pretty laughable.
… Mr. Griffin said that he was surprised last month when the football staff told him he had failed a physical. At that point, Mr. Griffin said, Mr. Saban sat him down and asked him what he wanted to do besides playing football. He said that Mr. Saban floated the possibility of a medical scholarship and asked if Mr. Griffin was interested in student coaching.
When God sits there and tells you to your face that it’s time to think about becoming a student coach, it’s not hard to read between the lines about your future in Tuscaloosa.