This past Saturday our athletic, football smart, sophomore Quarterback that we are looking to for a turnaround season in 2011 did a not so smart common sense thing. Aaron Murray, using questionable judgment, decided to play a ‘pick up’ game of soccer just 19 days before Spring Practice begins (March 10th) and injured his right ankle. What initially was reported as a major injury with two breaks, thankfully turned out be a lot less severe with the X-rays and MRI revealing only a sprain. According to Ron Courson, Georgia director of sports medicine, Murray will undergo rehabilitation under the supervision of the sports medicine staff. (source: dogbytes.com Athens Banner-Herald)
Firstly, I understand that these kids cannot be sealed in a total bubble when they are not either practicing or playing Georgia football (you know, that sporting activity for which they were actually given a free educational ride in exchange for their participation?). I also understand that in terms of expecting these kids to use some modicum of common sense, especially at Georgia, we’re batting a thousand if they just don’t break the law and end up in jail. But for God’s sake, with what this team and University have at stake for the 2011 season, and the necessity to keep all of our skill players healthy, would you not think there would be some sort of coaching rule that forbids participation of our players in any non-university sanctioned sporting activities, approved by CMR.
With the injuries that we have with the kids in practice and just everyday life (car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slipping on a banana peel on the floor at Wal-Mart, and getting burns from hot coffee being spilled on them at McDonalds), why would the coaching staff allow there to be even an outside chance of any of these kids getting any stupid, unnecessary, injuries from any kind of pointless basketball, baseball, soccer, tag football, etc. game, which can only lead to endangering their health and college career, not to mention our chances of winning a few football games.
All the millions of dollars this athletic department gets from contributors to spend on coaches’ and staff salaries, equipment, facilities, ‘mentoring’, etc. and nobody thought to line up some simple rules to avoid this kind of problem? If a few other names other than Murray’s was listed as having done this, I would have considered the possibility that the rule was already in effect and the kid simply disobeyed the rule. But not here! Even though it was a dumb, not very well thought out move, I just don’t believe Murray would have played in that Soccer game if CMR had a policy in place forbidding it. Do you?
I just don’t get the continued dumb-ass things that are done when they shouldn’t be done, and not done when they should be done, in Athens. Am I the only one?
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