Category Archives: The Body Is A Temple

Thursday morning buffet

Back to the chafing dishes, folks.

  • The NCAA refused to let Ed Orgeron speak at a charity event because… education.
  • Another day, another concussion lawsuit.
  • Latest national title odds have Georgia at 25-1.
  • Dan Wolken asks, “Why is Ole Miss going to these incredible lengths to protect Hugh Freeze?”  It’s a fair question.
  • Here’s’s latest SEC hot seat ratings.
  • Can you name the five college programs that have appeared in every AP preseason Top 25 poll since 2005?  (I bet you can name the only one of those five that hasn’t played for a national title during that stretch.)
  • The NBA commissioner is struggling with the one-and-done issue.  Here’s an opinion piece that argues one-and-done hasn’t been that bad for colleges.


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Wednesday morning buffet

I haven’t served up one of these in a while.  Hope I still know what I’m doing.


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‘When I recruited this kid I told his mother that I’d take care of him.’

Man, this is a tough story to read.

A few years earlier, the coach, Don Horton, had learned that he had Parkinson’s disease, but these new, intensifying infirmities were more commonly linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated hits to the head and linked to football and other contact sports.

Was his deteriorating health, Horton wondered, a consequence of his many years as a football lineman? Even worse, he worried, was he responsible for exposing hundreds of players to the kind of head trauma now impairing his life? After all, as a prominent assistant coach at Boston College and North Carolina State for nearly 20 years, he had recruited and encouraged scores of athletes to play major college football.

In the still of night at home, Horton asked himself what he should say if a parent of a former recruit called to say that a son was suffering from C.T.E.-like symptoms.

“And I would tell him that he could say: ‘I know how it feels,’” his wife, Maura Horton, responded. “And Don didn’t necessarily like that answer. But that’s the truth.”

His brain was donated after death for research purposes, because he came to believe it was necessary.

By donating his brain, Horton believed he could aid the science and, ultimately, perhaps help people evaluate whether to play, or continue playing, the game.

“He wanted to make a difference if he could,” said Maura Horton, 47. “Don would never tell someone not to play the game, because he loved football and wouldn’t betray it. But he wanted them to see a full picture to make a full decision.”

She added: “Don said, ‘If they would be more reflective and be more upfront about things that were happening to them, they might get out of the game earlier if they needed to. Kids try to hide so much about what’s really happening.’”

If those running the sport don’t grasp the wisdom of that and adapt accordingly, it’s hard to avoid thinking that one day their control will be taken away in the name of caution.


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We can rebuild him. We have the technology.

This is pretty amazing.

Almost a year ago Georgia running back Sony Michel was in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and in the process broke both bones (radius and ulna) in his forearm. The break was so bad that the bone penetrated the skin, requiring surgery.

Coming back from such a serious injury wasn’t a walk in the park but it was made easier by the Bulldogs biomedical engineering program.

In Georgia’s latest “Beneath the Helmet” video, head athletic trainer Ron Courson and members of the UGA biomedical engineering program take the time to explain exactly how they worked together to get the star running back on the field.

It’s easy to assume that if a player only misses one game due to an injury, it must not have been too serious.  Maybe in the hands of lesser mortals than Ron Courson that might be the case, but we shouldn’t forget whom we’re talking about here.


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“Student-athlete well-being will always be a priority for SEC member institutions…”

The SEC moves to adopt practice recommendations set forth by the NCAA Sports Science Institute in the sport of football.

The recommendations frown on two-a-days in the preseason, and suggest an extension of time to adjust for the lost practices, which seems sensible.  The overall intent is to reduce contact in practice, which may be why the conference’s press release touts the unanimous support of the SEC Athletics Directors and the league’s Presidents and Chancellors, but says nothing about the coaches.

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Good news on the Thompson front

Smart expects to have him back for the opener.

Smart believes Thompson will be back on the field for the season opener as long as his health continues to progress accordingly.

“The expectation for Trenton is to be better than he was last year, to show improvement, and that’s his goal – to get a step better, get more physical. He’s continued to rehab that shoulder so he can be healthy in the fall and give us some quickness and speed on the defensive front that we’re lacking sometimes.”

Given what he’s gone through, that would be a welcomed development.  Keep plugging away, young man.


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Golden showers

In something straight out of Derek Dooley’s Personal Hygiene 101, evidently this is a real thing for Texas football.

How would you like to be called out for being a bad guy about the color of your urine?  My only remaining question is whether Herman’s got support staffers going around checking the hue of his players’ pee.


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