Cal’s quarterback, Kevin Riley, hasn’t been playing as well as expected this year (completely crushing losses in the last two games). The coach put him in for a full half last year against USC, exactly a week after he suffered a concussion. Brain damage from repeated head impacts can take a long time to show up. Readers are cautioned to draw no implications from any individual example, nor from anecdotal evidence, nor from the scurrilous study reported last week about professional players, which in any case (i) has absolutely nothing to do with the all-American healthy pastime of big-time college ball, and (ii) who cares what happens to pro players after there’s no money to be made from them?
The Cal coach’s overriding concern is always for the welfare of his players, of whom more than half proudly graduate within six years from the school’s strong academic program, of which its scholar-athletes are rightfully proud. And no rules were broken last year; Tedford didn’t play Riley for the full seven day required wait. Seven days is obviously the safe time on purely medical grounds, because any longer and the player would miss a whole game.
Meanwhile, #1 Florida’s quarterback, who went to the hospital vomiting from his concussion last week has a full fortnight to recover, so there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. His coach, Urban Meyer, whose overriding concern is always for the welfare of his players, said so right out the day it happened: “I think it’s a concussion. I think he’ll be all right.” And who should know better?
Move right along, folks; nothing to see here; just kids having fun and a lot of money being made. Not by them, of course; that would be terribly corrupt and shred their moral fibre. By all those people whose overriding concern is always for the welfare of the players.