"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
OK, after reading for the 1,234,123rd time that someone feels "queasy" about Gardner's application for a Medical Redshirt and comparing it to what Saban does at Alabama I thought we could do a brief overview of the two things and get them out there in the open. If this debate comes up again, point the person to this post. (Mods, if this should be board rather than Diary throw it there)
First, the terms themselves:
Redshirt: An extra year of eligibility to play collegiate athletics. Most linemen redshirt in order to spend a year in a college weight program without playing any games. Student athletes are allowed 1 RS year. You cannot play in any games and get a normal RS. This scholarship counts against a team's total (85 for football)
M Example: Taylor Lewan RS'd his Freshman year to build his hatred for donkeys
Medical Redshirt: An extra year of eligibility to play collegiate athletics - determined by a governing body. A player receives an injury that is not career ending, but they will miss a long chunk of the season. The player can apply for a medical redshirt and gain another year of eligibility, the thought being "let's not punish kids for getting hurt and have the whole year on the field be a loss." The injury has to happen early in the season and the player cannot participate after the 1st (3 or 4?) few games of the football season. I'm not sure the rules for other sports. Occasionally across the college football landscape this practice will be used to get someone young some playing time in their first year without losing a RS year/whole year of eligibility. Many people are skeptical of Gardner's back injury - and this is why there is the application/vetting process. This scholarship counts against a team's total (85 for football)
M Example: Devin Gardner tweaked his back this year and could not play after the injury. He is applying for a Med Redshirt.
Medical Exemption: A Medical Exemption is a failsafe for athletes who have career-ending injuries and can no longer participate at all in collegiate athletics. A Medical Exemption allows the AD to continue to pay for a (now former) Injured Athlete's scholarship. This is a protection for athletes such that if you can no longer play, your scholarship does not disappear. The Athletic Department continues to pay for the scholarship but the scholarship does not count against team scholarship numbers (85 for football) or Title IX Numbers, or anything like that.
M Example: Antonio Bass destroyed his knee in like 300 ways. His playing career was done. His playing career was paying for his education (I don't know if he could have afforded Michigan one way or not without it). Rather than lose his scholarship he received a Medical Exemption and the AD paid for the Scholarship without the football team being punished.
Those are the terms and their definitions. The issue with the SEC and Saban and Oversigning is they are forcing kids who with injuries but NOT career ending injuries to take medical EXEMPTIONS (not RS). Saban is ending these kids' college careers, but still paying their tuition. Essentially he is kicking kids off the team, but sending them on their way with a scholarship... they just are off the football team and can't play NCAA sports ever again. If you look at the graph below, either Bama had 12x the career ending injuries of every other SEC team, or he's abusing the system.
I hope this provides some clarification as to the different terms and the issues and how they are different. When the Med Redshirt system is "abused" it benefits the student athlete by giving them another year of eligibility (Devin gets out from behind Denard for an extra year. Yay!) When the Med Exemption system is "abused" it benefits the program/team at the cost of the student athlete. The athlete is off the team and the team has another scholarship to hand out the next recruiting cycle.
Hope this helps the debate. See here also for more details: http://mgoblog.com/content/axeman-publicized
Also see the comments, some great points brought up as always.
I visited mgoblue.com to get some stats on players and was suprised to see no roster posted. It simply states "Spring Roster To Be Announced."
I don't know if this is normal, post-season protocol or something to do with the CC.
This probably isn't thread-worthy, so mods, delete if you deem necessary.
I try to stop really, but I was looking for MSU reaction and stumbled across Wojo's recruiting article. This is so bad and so sloppy I can't even stand it. Let's fisk it.
1. Title-Brady Hoke's first class looks like unqualified success. Well no, while much of it was not Brady's fault and he did a fine job keeping things together this class was not an unqualified success by any measure. We lost several high profile recruits and arguably the 2 most important recruits for Hoke left yesterday.
2. Subtitle- Hoke Gets Physical. Wojo talks about getting big road graders like Posada and Bryant and how Hoke is getting back to physical by signing no WR. Wojo fails to point out Posada was already committed under RR and Bryant was a near lock as well so this means nothing in terms of a difference between Hoke and RR. We signed 3 OL and 1 DT/DE so to keep on the Hoke=Bulk, RR=Speed is stupid.
3. Back to Midwest- Wojo covers himself with a sidenote that RR did sign more Ohio and Michigan kids last year, but he still paints the picture that RR goes for the glamour of Florida while Hoke is meat and potatoes in the midwest. He even says that Michigan is getting back to Ohio and Michigan where they used to get their best players. While obviously the majority of our players come from Ohio and Michgan...Anthony Carter, Tom Brady, Amani Toomer, Greg Mcmurtury, Mike Hart etc etc..would like to have a word with him. This is tired and old and stupid. We are a national program.
4. Back to Defense- Wojo says how Hoke is getting back to defense by signing more defensive players(12 of 20). No not really we signed a ton of defensive players last year. Next year Hoke will sign more players on the offensive side it's just the ebb and flow of rosters.
Mgoblog has proven to me over the last 4 years that the MSM is almost useless. I don't know why I care so much, but meeting people and hearing them use this "information" just saddens me. I'm not sure who is "wagging the dog" as they say, but would it be too much to read an article that offered me anything in terms of insight that was actually researched?
Would your rather sign a three star recruit this year and red-shirt him for a year of development or sign a four/five star recruit next year that could contribute as a true freshman?
While I realize that none of these rankings actually ever seem to make a difference BUT
A grade of B- and 7th in the conference, seems more than a little harsh.
Although State, Iowa, Penn State, Illinois also got a B- which puts us all into a tie for third based on the letter grade rankings.
Josh Helmholdt on Rivals just posted this:
"he has announced for UCF at this schools' press conference..."