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Sport McCollough: Tua Tagovailoa's gruesome injury a reminder of why college athletes deserve pay

13:15  17 november  2019
13:15  17 november  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Alabama QB Tagovailoa starts against LSU after ankle surgery

  Alabama QB Tagovailoa starts against LSU after ankle surgery Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa started for the No. 1 Crimson Tide against No. 2 LSU less than three weeks after surgery on his injured ankle.Tagovailoa, who underwent his second TightRope surgical procedure in the last 11 months on Oct. 20 after suffering a high ankle sprain, went through some throws on the move without pads prior to pregame warmups as Crimson Tide head trainer Jeff Allen observed him closely nearby. He later joined all the other Alabama quarterbacks for pregame warmups, with both ankles heavily wrapped.

Tua Tagovailoa ’ s injury takes a star from sky and injects doubt into playoff forecast. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa grimaces after suffering an injury during Saturday’s win over Mississippi State. He is out for the season after dislocating his right hip.

Tagovailoa -- whenever he leaves Alabama -- will be in need of a statue of his own outside of Bryant-Denny Stadium. The argument over whether Tagovailoa should have played against Mississippi State will loom No doubt there will further cries about student- athlete welfare and paying players.

One of the criticisms of California's "Fair Pay for Play Act" and similar bills being floated in state legislatures across the country is that only a select handful of players would have the power in the marketplace to earn significant compensation from the use of their name, image and likeness.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) listens to instructions from head coach Nick Saban during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)© ASSOCIATED PRESS Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) listens to instructions from head coach Nick Saban during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

And so?

Tua Tagovailoa is one of those special young men. No matter what the specific wording of state laws, federal law or the eventual NCAA attempt at a rule change on NIL, we can all agree that Tagovailoa, the best quarterback in University of Alabama history, would already be worth millions of dollars if he were allowed to cash in on his fame, talent and handsome face.

Tua Tagovailoa re-injured in Mississippi State after lobbying to reenter game

  Tua Tagovailoa re-injured in Mississippi State after lobbying to reenter game The Alabama quarterback was unable to leave the field on his own power.Tagovailoa, with Alabama up 35-7 and enough time remaining for one final drive in the half, was seen lobbying to reenter the game for one final drive. He was injured on third play of the ensuing drive; he left the game on an injury cart, unable to put any weight on his right leg. He also seemed to have suffered a facial injury.

If This Was Tua Tagovailoa ' s Last College Game, Let the QB's Greatness Be His Lasting Legacy. A heartbreaking injury to the Alabama QB will spur What of Tagovailoa ? The hip is a serious manner, not often a quick fix. In fact, one orthopedic surgeon weighed in on Twitter about Tagovailoa ’ s injury

Three Reasons Why College Athletes Should Not Get Paid . The difference for college athletes is marginal in The Bottom Line: Paying big money to college athletes defeats the purpose of college as a On the other hand, not paying athletes who risk serious long-term injuries is morally wrong.

For anyone who loves college football yet wants to enjoy it without near-constant ethical dilemma, Tagovailoa suffering a dislocated hip injury that will end his season and possibly affect his NFL draft stock and long-term ability to play at a high level is a punch to the gut.

"Tank for Tua" has been the theme of the Miami Dolphins' season. For anywhere from $20-30, you can purchase a variety of T-shirts featuring that catch phrase. Will Tagovailoa receive a dime of that money? You know the answer.

When will this end? It's criminal.

As soon as Tagovailoa went down in pain late in the second quarter of No. 5 Alabama's 38-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday, people lashed out at Alabama coach Nick Saban for having started Tagovailoa to begin with.

Alabama QB Tagovailoa carted off field vs Mississippi State

  Alabama QB Tagovailoa carted off field vs Mississippi State STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field after being dragged down by two Mississippi State defenders, a tackle that left him favoring his right leg and hip. Fourth-ranked Alabama was leading 35-7 with 3:01 left in the first half when Tagovailoa, who had surgery on a sprained right ankle nearly a month ago, was injured. Mac Jones replaced Tagovailoa, who did not join the team on the sideline after halftime. The latest injury appeared to be different from the ankle sprain. The hard hit knocked off Tagovailoa’s helmet and left him with a bloody nose.

Paying college athletes for their participation in sports eliminates the need for them to find outside employment to support themselves. Many scholarships may offer tuition, room, and board coverage in return for participating in a sport, but not every student athlete qualifies for a scholarship.

Why student- athletes should be paid . Being a college student- athlete is a full-time job, bouncing between the weight room, the court/field, classes, and film sessions. College athletics are extracurricular activities, but the schedules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’ s (NCAA)

The quarterback from Honolulu has already been injured once this year, suffering a high ankle sprain against Tennessee on Oct. 19. He had surgery and predictably made it back for last week's "Game of the Century" against No. 1 Louisiana State in Tuscaloosa. Tagovailoa performed admirably under the circumstances, as he always has, throwing for 418 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-41 loss. After the game, he walked off the field with a noticeable limp, and, entering this game against an overmatched opponent, it was left up in the air until kickoff whether he would play.

Of course, he did. And he looked perfectly fine until a totally separate injury brought him to the turf in Starkville, screaming in pain with a bloody nose. The Crimson Tide were up 35-7 at the time, so it was debatable whether Tagovailoa should have been playing given his ankle.

"That was going to be his last series," Saban told ESPN's Molly McGrath at halftime. "We were going to do some two-minute before the half with him, just for practice. We've got to block better and not get him sacked, but too bad. We were going to put [backup] Mac [Jones] in, but wanted Tua to get some two-minute practice."

Don't blame Saban for Tua's injury in Alabama's win

  Don't blame Saban for Tua's injury in Alabama's win Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with a potentially serious hip injury, but it wasn't Nick Saban's fault he was still in the game.Alabama led 35-7 when Tua Tagovailoa, chased by a pair of Mississippi State defenders, went to the ground hard with what appears to be a severe hip injury.

Why Collegiate Athletes Should be Paid In our world, people who bring in money with their talents are usually compensated for their efforts. It makes complete sense right? Well for college athletes , they bring in billions of dollars worth of revenue for their school, but do not get compensated for their

College athletes today have never had it better, with major universities like Ohio State, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Texas and Notre Dame investing tens of millions of dollars into new student- athlete centers and facilities to pamper these 18-to-22-year-olds with a lifestyle once reserved only for royalty.

Blame Saban for putting his best player at risk if you want, but don't ignore the systemic issues that have not trained coaches to put players first for generation after generation — and a College Football Playoff subjective ranking system that puts emphasis on passing the "eye test" every week.

After the loss to LSU, Alabama fell only to fifth and was set up well to revive its playoff hopes as long as it won out and looked pretty good doing it. Sure, Alabama wasn't going to risk a close win or, heaven forbid, a loss at Mississippi State if Tagovailoa was able to go. With a legacy-defining national championship run still in play, of course a competitor like him was going to be willing.

Now, we're left with that familiar feeling that something is very wrong with our Saturday ritual. We can do better for transcendent athletes like Tagovailoa than tuition, room and board and full cost of attendance. If the Alabama backup left guard can't earn what Tua can in the open market from endorsements, autographs, staging his own football camps, etc., then Tagovailoa can take him out for a few steak dinners on the Strip in Tuscaloosa.

Tide: Tagovailoa suffered dislocated hip, expected to make 'full recovery'

  Tide: Tagovailoa suffered dislocated hip, expected to make 'full recovery' Alabama said Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury and is expected to make a full recovery. People close to the situation added that Tagovailoa had a posterior wall fracture.RELATED: Tua hurt in Alabama's win

They are wrong. College athletes are not employees. The beginning of a new academic year is a thrilling time for college athletes on campuses across the country. Critics and plaintiffs’ lawyers say students who play sports should be paid salaries.

It is unusual for an athlete to lose a scholarship after an injury , but those worst-case scenarios are part of the reason Huma has helped lead a recent push to unionize Northwestern’ s scholarship football Huma’ s goal is to ensure that current and former athletes never pay out of pocket for sports injuries .

We don't know how serious this injury and recovery will be. Maybe he will still be a top-five pick and get those millions that he is certainly worth when he's healthy enough to read a defense and sling a football. Even then, that doesn't erase the reality that Tua and the few players of his caliber have put everything on the line for schools that have created a system that does not protect their interests.

These state legislature NIL bills may not fully solve the problem. But they would at least put an end to this.

Fourth spot opens widerThere were supposed to be three games Saturday with legitimate playoff impact: No. 4 Georgia at No. 12 Auburn, No. 8 Minnesota at No. 20 Iowa and No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 13 Baylor.

Yet, Tagovailoa's season-ending injury could have the biggest reverberations the rest of the season.

Georgia's 21-14 win at Auburn was impressive and gives the Bulldogs a third resume builder, along with victories over Notre Dame and Florida. But ultimately, all it did was keep the Bulldogs alive. They still would have to beat No. 1 LSU in the Southeastern Conference title game to make the playoff.

Report: Tagovailoa's injury could cost him entire 2020 season

  Report: Tagovailoa's injury could cost him entire 2020 season Tua Tagovailoa's injury that will prevent him from playing again in 2019 could have a major ripple effect that lasts throughout 2020 and even 2021. Tagovailoa, who was widely expected to be a Top 5 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft before his injury, was ruled out for the year after he dislocated his hip against Mississippi State. Per early reports, and amid the discussion over his return to Bama and next steps, he could potentially be out for the entire 2020 season, be that at Alabama or with a professional squad.

College sport is awash with money, yet students don’t make a cent. As another season starts, we look at why this needs to change. It’ s a common misconception that college athletes graduate debt-free or studied on a full scholarship. In many cases, especially among those who don’t have the ability to

3 Reasons Why Professional Athletes ’ Salaries Are Fair. Athletes Sacrifice a Lot. Physical injury can leave professional athletes handicapped or disabled for the rest of their lives; NFL players The amount of money that team owners are willing to pay franchise players often comes at the expense of

Minnesota's 23-19 loss at Iowa will require the Golden Gophers to knock off No. 14 Wisconsin in the regular-season finale to win the Big Ten West division. Even if Minnesota pulls that off, it would have to beat No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten title game to make the playoff.

What Trevor Lawrence said about Tua Tagovailoa still being in game when injury happened

  What Trevor Lawrence said about Tua Tagovailoa still being in game when injury happened Alabama coach Nick Saban received some criticism after Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's season-ending injury Saturday afternoon against Mississippi State. Tagovialoa suffered a dislocated hip after taking a hit with Alabama leading 35-7 late in the second quarter, leading some to question why he was still in the game. Saban explained afterward that Alabama wanted to get Tagovailoa some work in the two-minute drill. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, understood the reasoning and explained how the Tigers make decision as far as when he is pulled with a big lead.

College athletes deserve financial recognition for the merchandise profit they generate, as well as the opportunity to pursue their own financial gains. As athletes , they work hard on the field every day to bring in fans and wins for their school; it’ s only fair that they are rewarded for their efforts, at least in

College athletes work hard and make lots of money for their colleges . So should they be paid beyond their scholarships? We dive into the debate. Proponents of paying athletes contend that many of these students spend almost a conventional work week participating in athletic activities.

The winner of the Big 12 battle will have more work to do, including beating the loser again in the league title game.

Alabama losing Tagovailoa probably will keep the Crimson Tide from sneaking in through the back door of the playoff. The selection committee can't reasonably make a case that Alabama without Tagovailoa is one of the top four teams — plus, it could very well lose at Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

That opens the front door even wider for No. 6 Oregon or No. 7 Utah to blast through in the event of LSU, Ohio State, Clemson or Georgia falling out of contention in the next three weeks. (If LSU loses to Georgia in Atlanta, it would likely remain in the playoff, so Pac-12 fans should root for the Tigers.)

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NFL scouts believe Tua Tagovailoa could still be top ten pick .
Tua Tagovailoa's recent hip injury may mean the end of his college career, but may not have as big of an impact on his NFL draft prospects as was previously feared.Three NFL evaluators told Matt Zenitz and Mike Rodak of al.com that they would still expect Tagovailoa to go in the top half of the first round, and possibly still in the top ten.

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