First member of the walking wounded to miss a preseason practice… is Isaiah McKenzie.
Category Archives: The Body Is A Temple
In just a few short weeks college football returns, so I know you’ve got an appetite.
- Over at Team Speed Kills, you’ll find a list of the top ten SEC revenge games of 2015. Not surprisingly, given last season’s low points, Georgia makes the list twice.
- And here’s a list of the most expensive college football tickets on StubHub. Alabama-Georgia sits at number three.
- Attention, Bert! Academic stress increases injury risk among college football players.
- Tough times in Gator Country – Last season, Florida made $93,300 in six home dates (minus the Idaho rainout).
- There are fourteen new coordinators in the SEC this season.
- Well, there’s one tradition the SEC hasn’t abandoned – coach whining.
- Can you guess which team Bill Connelly is writing about when he says, “There’s no question that it’s a long road back to top-10 finishes, but this is still a top-40 team with top-20 potential.”?
- Year2 asks the musical question “Which top ten teams are most likely to finished unranked?“, and fits Georgia second on that list.
- The opposite of the Georgia Way is “waiting to see the thing play out”.
- Kevin Trahan finds that the new Big Ten scheduling rules are about TV money as much as the playoffs. And why should they be any different from anything else motivating college football decision making these days?
For those of you concerned about the run defense, particularly the run defense up the middle, Mark Richt wants you to pay no attention to players’ weights.
Richt acknowledged Monday night that the Bulldogs have slimmed down as a team for the 2015 season. Georgia players generally will play lighter this season across the board.
“We have trimmed up; there’s no doubt about it,” Richt said. “That goes back to Coach (Mark) Hocke, our strength coach, and the amount of running these guys are doing. We are not a fat team at all. … We are lighter than we’ve been for a while.”
During the Q&A portion of Monday night’s event, a fan wondered if that might hurt Georgia at the point of attack, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
“Just because you trim down doesn’t mean you lose strength,” Richt said. “Size doesn’t always equate to strength. Now it’s harder to move a bigger man, no doubt. But if the guy’s in greater condition and can play harder play-after-play, then you have a chance to sustain throughout the ball game.”
Sure hope there’s a lot more sustaining on the dive play this year, that’s for sure. If I recall correctly, Herrera and Wilson had nineteen tackles apiece in the last Tech game. Not exactly a recipe for stopping the run.
Amidst this Dennis Dodd work of praise for Missouri – certainly deserved, although “dominance of the SEC East” might be a bit of a stretch – we learn that Maty Mauk’s poor play last season may have been a result of injury.
Maty Mauk took the needle — several times — last season. Toward the end of 2014, his separated right shoulder ached so much, “Ibuprofen and Aleve became my best friend,” Mauk said.
The junior quarterback has plenty of excuses for last season, but he won’t use them. It looked like he wasn’t reading defenses properly or bolted from the pocket too quickly. He completed less than half his passes in SEC play.
But let’s be historically accurate. There was that shoulder dinged late against Georgia.
“Sitting in class and just having it dangling,” Mauk said, “It was just something that bothered you … It would be hard to get up for workouts on Sunday morning.”
At least Dodd’s not putting the blame for Mauk’s flame out against the Dawgs on his banged-up shoulder. At least not totally. So I guess compared to the excuses we heard after the Celebration, we’re making progress. Of a sorts, anyway.
Justin Scott-Wesley goes under the knife. This is not a welcomed development, to say the least.
UPDATE: Okay, man.
Boy, if there was ever a “devil is in the details” proposal, this is it.
The Pac-12 is believed to be the first conference to direct schools to pay post-college medical costs for sports-related injuries that an athlete suffered at their school. What eligibility criteria is used by Pac-12 schools will help determine how much help former athletes receive and at what costs without people abusing the benefit. The new practice could also set a blueprint for the NCAA or other conferences to follow or avoid.
Pac-12 schools must provide direct medical expenses for at least four years following the athlete’s graduation or separation from the university, or until the athlete turns 26 years old, whichever occurs first. The timeframe for coverage was chosen in part because by the age of 26 a person is covered by the Affordable Care Act.
There’s a “but” coming, I can feel it.
Each school will establish its own policies and procedures to determine who is eligible for the benefit. The conference office has no role in oversight, leaving Pac-12 schools to figure out the best approach.
Let the head scratching commence.
“It’s going to be hard to calculate,” Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said. “When was the injury created? How will we do it? We want to do the right thing and try to help out, and wherever it lands I’m going to support it. But I’m not sure right now what that is.”
The Pac-12 bylaw states that a school’s policies to determine eligibility “may include the required disclosure of pre-existing conditions not related to participation in intercollegiate athletics, mandatory reporting of injuries suffered during athletics participation at the institution, required participation in an exit physical upon graduation or separation from the institution, and other criteria that an institution deems appropriate.” In other words, Pac-12 schools are on their own to figure this out.
“It’s such a difficult thing to wrap your head around because what’s continuation of a problem and what’s a new problem?” Arizona athletic trainer Randy Cohen said. “How do you handle people who continue to do activities and maybe you recommend they don’t continue doing that? We really want to take care of these kids. But at what point is it the risk of playing sports and having injuries versus we hurt you?”
Most likely, Pac-12 schools will use exit medical evaluations of players to determine eligibility and buy insurance policies that carry stipulations, such as for in-network and out-of-network coverage. However, Cohen said finding insurance to cover an injury for four years out is difficult because most providers want a condition treated within two years. Cohen said Arizona will likely add four years to its insurance plan at a cost of a couple hundred thousand dollars a year, and require that for athletes to have costs covered they show a preexisting injury, undergo a departing physical when leaving the college, and demonstrate they followed recommendations for their health.
Cohen, who chairs the college committee for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, rattles off potential challenges to managing the Pac-12 rule. What if an ex-player elects for surgery against the wishes of medical experts who say surgery will only make the injury worse? Is the school responsible for that surgery and if the injury worsens? Does the university get portrayed as the bad guy in the media if the former player tells the public the school wouldn’t pay its costs?
How should caring for mental health related to concussions be treated? If a school agrees with research that shows hits to the head can cause long-term brain damage, that degenerative process might not occur until after the Pac-12’s four-year window. So should there be payments to the athlete if dementia occurs 20 years later?
What if a gymnast tore an ACL in college that leaves her with an arthritic knee, she runs marathons two years later, and tells the school her knee is bothering her and needs to be treated? Then what if a 225-pound football player left college saying his knee felt fine, blew up to 300 pounds after his career ended and has a bad knee while mainly sitting on the couch?
“Do I not take care of the girl when she’s exercising and making it worse, but I take care of the guy who’s doing absolutely nothing and gaining 75 pounds?” Cohen asked. “Most people logically would say if you’re doing something that aggregates the knee, don’t pay them. But on the other end, if the guy does nothing to help his knee, how do I balance those two? We don’t want to encourage people not to have active lives after they’ve stopped playing. I don’t have an answer to that.”
At some point in time, you figure these guys are just gonna throw up their hands and decide it’ll be easier to deal with a players’ union.
Grab a plate and get in line.
- More SEC teams than not changed defensive coordinators for this season.
- Another lawsuit, another NCAA attempt to keep embarrassing disclosures out of the public eye.
- Jon Wilner goes deep into the weeds to compare the Pac-12’s finances with other power conference peers.
- Now Conference USA wants a plan out of UAB. Plans have been the easy part; it’s the implementation that’s been a beyotch.
- Here’s a Pythagorean projection on likely underachievers and overachievers in this year’s SEC East.
- “It’s crazy, but that’s how elite the Georgia Bulldogs are at the outside ‘backer spots.”
- On the recruiting trail the Alabama coaching staff says it has not been asked many questions about COA stipends.
- Chad Peltier tweaks his statistical analysis to test Manny Diaz’s argument about the importance of run defense for turnover creation and finds further support for it.
- Bowling Green, sounds like you may have a problem here.