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Sat next to a former college football player on a plane yesterday and we started talking about all the outrage from the whole grayshirting situation. He brought up a point that I had not really considered. He said that, in his opinion, coaches promise recruits playing time all the time only to redshirt them as the season plays out. When the coaches told them that they would play their true freshmen year, they probably thought it was fairly likely, but circumstances change. Other players step-up and injuries happen. Sometimes, it ends up being best for the team and/or player to do something other than what was the original intent, and the coach has a responsibility to do the right thing. He said that he saw grayshirting the same way. He played at a school much smaller than Bama but I thought it was an interesting way to look at it. It actually seemed to tick him off that people were relating it to “pulling a scholarship.”
And contrast that with how Landon Collins' mom said we told Landon that he would redshirt at Alabama. We would supposedly tell him that but not be honest and direct with Philon and Taylor?
Simply put the media is painting this as something it isn't. Had both of these guys been doing exactly what the staff had told them to do they would have been allowed to sign with Bama on signing day, injuries and all. Saban has shown a ton of loyalty to kids who do things the right way. He has shown little tolerance for players who show they are satisfied.
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