Thought this was interesting, in part because of one of the specific plaintiffs:
Former college football players at Penn State, Auburn, Georgia, Oregon, Utah and Vanderbilt are suing the NCAA, their former conference and — in some instances — their former school over how their concussions were treated.
Six class-action lawsuits filed Tuesday represent the start of the next wave of concussion litigation in college sports, even as the NCAA finalizes a $75 million settlement from a different lawsuit related to concussions. Chicago attorney Jay Edelson, who is leading this latest effort to sue the NCAA, said 40 to 50 class-action lawsuits will eventually get filed on behalf of tens of thousands of ex-football players.
If it isn’t clear, Georgia isn’t being sued here, but it is being targeted by one former player.
* Georgia — Ronald Hermann (walk-on defensive end, 1984-86) is suing the NCAA and SEC in the Northern District of California. The suit claims Hermann suffered “numerous concussions” and it briefly described an incident in which he “saw stars” after a hit on a kickoff. Today, Hermann’s loss of memory “is particularly challenging, and he has sought out medical treatment in an effort to find answers that Defendants failed to provide,” according to the suit.
There is a downside to being cannon fodder for several years. I’ll be curious to see the specific allegations and what, if any, news about the program in the latter stages of Dooley’s coaching career emerges from this.