OSU recruit who was not medically cleared will play for Auburn instead

Submitted by Leaders And Best on May 8th, 2015 at 2:16 PM

Jamel Dean is the OSU recruit who enrolled early this past winter only to find out OSU would not clear him medically to play football. Coincidentally, OSU was oversigned at the time. Not that they were related at all. Well, Dean just got offered to play at Auburn. Strange to see an SEC school benefiting from a Big Ten school cutting a recruit due to oversigning.




May 8th, 2015 at 3:06 PM ^

Alabama board is calling Auburn shady and the Michigan board is calling OSU shady. We'll never know for sure what happened here.  I find it extremely unlikely that OSU doctors would be influened by a football coach.  Let's hope this kid has a productive career and is not injured again, because that could be very bad for Auburn and college football in general.


May 8th, 2015 at 5:51 PM ^

Hmm an early enrollee who was already on campus taking classes?  Yeah, seems very likely.  Even rated as #128 in the ESPN300.  Yes, yes, seems very likely tOSU cut this kid because they wanted to make from for lesser talent.


Who knows if he'll even be able to play down at Auburn?  Could turn into one of those situations Auburn lets him in but he never fully heals and has to end his career before even starting it.  But of course, it'll still be shady business by tOSU. 


May 8th, 2015 at 4:14 PM ^

I mean Dave Brandon tried to strongarm the UofM Docs into covering up Shane's concussion didn't he? Not hard to think that all doctors everywhere don't have the same balls of steel Michigan's doctors do

I mean I think they mainly practice tribal herbal treatments in Ohio still soo..

Mr Miggle

May 8th, 2015 at 5:32 PM ^

that the OSU doctor wasn't influenced by Meyer. It's a glamour job that some guys would absolutely love to have and he could easily be replaced. All Meyer has to do is find a question the doctor can give the right answer too. It obviously wasn't can he play D-1 football? Maybe something along the lines of can you guarantee he'll be back to 100% for fall? The NCAA or at least the Big Ten needs to implement a standard for these medicals and require an independent examination. I'd be willing to bet that he'd have been cleared by OSU if they weren't oversigned.



May 8th, 2015 at 7:55 PM ^

The doctor you're talking about is the head of the sports medicine department at Ohio State. He's not going to get replaced because he refused to lie about a student athlete's medical status. 

Do you guys honestly believe the crap you're saying? Jesus..... I hate to break it to you guys but most people outside of Ann Arbor are NOT unethical sociopaths. 


May 8th, 2015 at 8:48 PM ^

Whether or not he oversigns has no bearing on the fact that the doctor's medical opinion was that he should not continue to play football. You're suggesting the doctor is straight up giving a false assessment and I find that very hard to believe, oversigning or not. 


May 8th, 2015 at 9:09 PM ^

Well, considering this doctor's statements mean something extremely rare happened (a torn meniscus ends the football career of an 18 year old instead of having a couple months of rehab, which is standard for this type of injury) at the same time the most powerful man in Ohio needs to trim some scholarship bodies means it is just as likely he wasn't being all that honest. Throw in the fact that Auburn, who doesn't have to trim the scholarship numbers down, thinks he can play football again and the player, his high school coach, and everyone involved who isn't representing Ohio state is super pissed off about it, I'm not so sure we can think he's telling the truth just because he's a doctor


May 8th, 2015 at 9:28 PM ^

Auburn gets to take a look at him and go the medical hardship route if it doesn't work out.

Meniscectomy + ACL reconstruction can be career threatening depending on the grade and location of the tear. I am sure there are many MDs in this forum that can confirm this, but I'm pretty sure you will find any amount of evidence lacking because of your vast knowledge on meniscal injuries and repair.

I'm honestly just about done with this fan base.


May 8th, 2015 at 9:50 PM ^

I am currently recovering from a torn ACL, LCL, meniscus, and hamstring to go along with poroneal nerve damage. I've had numerous surgeries and talked to numerous orthopedic surgeons in a couple of different states.. So yes, I do have a vast knowledge of not only meniscus injuries but everything this young man has gone through and more. So honestly, don't let the door hit you

Mr Miggle

May 8th, 2015 at 9:33 PM ^

and the kid truly would be risking his health by playing, the doctor wouldn't clear him just because Meyer wanted him to. One problem is that he isn't the kid's doctor. He's the team's. Not clearing him doesn't risk his health. It just shows an abundance of caution that may just fit Meyer's wishes more that his condition.

Next you'll tell us that the fine professionals in the Columbus PD would never abuse their power to help the football team. We all remember the bomb sniffing dogs that were only brought out for the Michigan players. Forgive us for believing that unethical behavior to support the football program is commonplace in Columbus. One day you may even be able to point to a piece of evidence to the contrary. 


May 8th, 2015 at 9:47 PM ^

Okay. He lied to his patient about the severity of his injury in order to gain an extra scholarship for his university's football team because apparently informed consent and autonomy don't apply when a doctor works for an organization.

Would you do something like that for Harbaugh? If your answer is no, what makes you so confident in your assumption that this person is any less ethical than you?

Mr Miggle

May 8th, 2015 at 10:21 PM ^

an insurance company as much as your own? Or from a completely independent doctor? I certainly wouldn't. It doesn't mean the doctor is lying or doing something completely unethical, but he could certainly be shading his opinion to fit his employer's interests.

This wouldn't have been much of a story if OSU had accepted getting a second opinion from a well respected independent source. Seems like a reasonable course when the kid and his doctor are disputing the diagnosis. If you're expecting OSU to get the benefit of the doubt around here, you're mistaken. .


May 8th, 2015 at 10:41 PM ^

I'll grant you that those doctors insurance companies hire to do peer to peer reviews and audits are shady as F. But there's quite a jump between that and head of sports medicine department at a university hospital.

If the kid ends up playing for Auburn I'll probably entertain the idea that the doctor's opinion might have been influenced/coerced, but until then someone with those credentials gets the benefit of the doubt from me.


May 8th, 2015 at 11:15 PM ^

This isn't unsubstantiated like people throwing out wild ass statements like MSU uses PEDs. He signed over the limit last year. It only takes one look at scout or rivals to see that and is not open for debate. He absolutely has to be at 85 by August due to NCAA rules so either an unprecedented amount of people transfer out of his program or he has to force people out in one way or another. His high school coach is upset about it which leads me to believe it isn't his choice to transfer to Auburn. Why are you so adamant that Urban Meyer is innocent with so much evidence stacked up against him?

Mr Miggle

May 8th, 2015 at 10:39 PM ^

in Columbus would mortify me if they happened in Ann Arbor. I'll bring up the bomb search again. Heads would have rolled if that had gone on here. I'm not aware of any repercussions in Columbus for misusing the police and the post 9/11 environment to try to get an advantage. Tressel appeared to be in on it too. It wasn't just a couple of cops working on their own. Winning is important here. Winning at all costs is close to the norm at OSU.


May 8th, 2015 at 9:39 PM ^

Oversigners need to cut players somewhere. Urban signed way over last year. Maybe this guy is truly injured but I don't know what to tell you if you honestly think something isn't fishy that he's playing major college football straight after being medical Schollied by urban. So if he hasn't started cutting yet it's coming because he needs to be at 85 by august.


May 8th, 2015 at 2:27 PM ^


I was just arguing on another board that we didn't oversign this year, and we won't next year.  Now this story gets posted and the debate will rage all over again.  I'm glad our fans keep a close eye on these things, but the coaches knew he wasn't going to be medically cleared before NSD and filled his spot elsewhere.  They didn't oversign.

They hate us cuz they aint us!! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Brian Griese

May 8th, 2015 at 2:33 PM ^

before NSD and filled his spot elsewhere."



So now Urbz doubles as a lying doctor.  If that's the case, why didn't Dr. Meyer save the kid the trouble and tell him straight up before he packed up and moved to Columbus that he wouldn't be cleared so he could pursue other interests?


May 8th, 2015 at 4:14 PM ^

No school does a physical on a kid until he gets to school.  Were they supposed to pre-emptively do this?

He enrolled early and then they checked him out and Dr.'s did not clear him.  This was a month before signing day.  As he wasn't cleared his scholarship spot would not be used and could then go to another kid.  As you may recall they aggresively pursued Damon Arnette and got him to sign.  This was done after Dean was declared ineligible. 

The timeline doesn't allow for any of the "he was declared ineligible to free up a spot" talk.  He was declared medically ineligible BEFORE signing day.  Dean was higher rated if I recall than Arnette and if he could have played I highly doubt they take Arnette or another kid. 


May 8th, 2015 at 5:20 PM ^

I'd buy this argument except (a) he had a series of knee issues in HS, including the torn ACL that was apparently the "straw" that broke his scholarship's back, and (b) once he was released from OSU another major college program apparently thought it wasn't as serious an injury as to not offer him a scholarship.  And yes, there is absolutely a world in which Dean is deemed medical not clear by Auburn and he gets medical'd there, but at this point there is enough smoke going around that you'd probably not offer a scholarship spot unless you were pretty certain he could play.

Honestly, I could buy this being a delusional kid trying to keep playing wherever possible, but Meyer has been doing "roster management" for years now and dressing it all up as coincidence and happenstance.  He's a cutthroat coach who wants to win, and I don't blame him for not caring all that much if a couple of 18-year-old kids get screwed over along the way.  But he needs to be taken to task for it, just like I'd hope a Michigan coach would be in that circumstance.  I just find it funny that there is no other team in the conference that seems to have this run of bad luck with "career-ending" injuries at opportune times to get under the 85-scholarship limit.  


May 8th, 2015 at 5:31 PM ^

Based on the timeline alone I just don't buy this particular situation as an example that bolsters your argument.

We can quibble over the alleged diagnosis from Dr. Andrews (who if he did an exam, his opinion should weigh heavily) but I'm still not sure that would be enough to change a separate unafilliated Dr.'s decision.


May 8th, 2015 at 6:16 PM ^

I think this situation is endemic of Meyer's ongoing willingness to free of roster spots as needed.  If memory serves me right, he was effectively oversigned based on verbals for some time, and that's why they had 3 kids get medical'd right around signing day.  So yes, he didn't explicitly kick out Dean in order to open up a spot at the deadline, but it was some mindful ignorance on Meyer's part with a sense that he needed to find open spots for his best players.  Maybe he figured if Dean worked out, he'd greyshirt/pull a scholarship from another kid, but then when he found out Dean wasn't "clear" to play he could keep recruiting kids and know he had opened up a spot.  Anyway, the fact Auburn thought he was good enough to play does bring into question how OSU evaluated his suitability when he came on campus.  If Dr. Andrews legitimately investigated this kid's injuries (and he may not have directly, though someone is his practice did) and thinks he's good, that's pretty interesting.


May 8th, 2015 at 5:03 PM ^

Yeah, I checked out that post along with their discussion on "cheating" wrt Tom Brady to see how they tried to conflate Jim Tressel and Tom Brady as basically the same level of "piddling crap".  

Man, if 11 warriors and this site flipped site design, it would be hard to ignore the mouth breathing.  

Everyone Murders

May 8th, 2015 at 2:24 PM ^

Meyers has changed the tide on the B1G v. SEC rivalry.  Hell, people in Auburn are starting to believe in him.  Never in a million years would I have thought that.  Flipping OSU grayshirts is a good start.

(Why can't we trade the SEC OSU for Vanderbilt?  We'd have to keep The Game at the end of the season, but both schools seem sorely misplaced.)

S FL Wolverine

May 8th, 2015 at 2:27 PM ^

Ok, mabye I am not understanding something here, but of what benefit is it to OSU to "medical" this guy?  What most here object to is using "medical redshirts" to bascially cut people who don't earn playing time.  This guy *just* enrolled in January so he's clearly not had any time to compete.  I guess the motivation here could be take this guy off the market?  But if he *could* have helped OSU down the road, you would think they would have kept him on the roster.  I see this as OSU just being extra careful here and nothing nefarious.  To me this doesn't come close to the stuff that Alabama does.  They "medical" guys who have spent years on campus and clearly are not going to help the team so Saban wants to free up the scholarship for someone else who *may* make an impact.  This seems entirely different to me.


May 8th, 2015 at 2:38 PM ^

OSU apparently decided that the potential benefit - having a healthy 4-star cornerback on your roster - did not compare favorably to the potential risk - having a roster spot occupied by an athlete that never recovers to 100%.  They made a cold business decision to dispose of him, and they did it after they had already promised him a scholarship.  They treated him like a faulty peice of equipment rather than a human being.

See John Beilein's handling of Austin Hatch for comparison.  Everybody knew Austin was unlikely to fully recover and be the athlete he was before the accident, but he got a scholarship all the same, and a few years to try.  Only after it was agreed to by everybody - Austin, Beilein, and the rest of the world - that the full recovery just wasn't going to happen - did he get put on medical scholarship.