Pretty nifty juxtaposition here… start with Nick Saban’s response to the Wall Street Journal story about the number of medical redshirts that have come into play at Alabama:
“I didn’t really read the article. I didn’t see the article,” Nick Saban said when asked about the Wall Street Journal article Wednesday. “But we don’t make the decision about medicals. I have nothing to do with that. Those are medical decision made by our medical staff. I think we have one of the finest medical staffs in the country.”
Saban dismissed claims by his former players that the medical redshirts were given to clear roster spots for better players, claiming that there were legitimate medical reasons for what’s occurred.
“I don’t have any question about the fact every player we have given a medical to, it’s been because of the medical opinion of the medical staff,” Saban said. “Those guys should not continue to play football because it would put their future in tremendous risk.”
There you have it – the Devil medical staff made him do it! (To be the only people in the entire state of Alabama that Nick Saban defers to… now that’s power.)
Anyway, keep that in mind as you read this next story.
… Mark Ingram and Marcel Dareus were verbal commitments 29 and 30 in Alabama’s 2008 recruiting class. Let that sink in for a second – 29 and 30. Dareus was a 3 star product out of the state of Alabama that was not highly recruited because of questions regarding his ability to qualify academically and Ingram was a 4 star out of Michigan who was being recruited by Michigan State and Iowa, but he too was a somewhat unrecruited player. For all intents and purposes, neither of these guys were in the mold of Julio Jones, a 5 star in state recruit that everyone in the country wanted but who was a dead lock to go to Alabama and just waited until signing day to sign with Alabama.
Again, I don’t really have much of a problem with what Saban does. It’s within the rules and it’s not like his methods are some big secret. I’m just amused by the defense.