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07:34 AM ET 02.07 | Bigtime college football recruiting can be a harsh place, but it is not devoid of uplifting news. One of the better feel good stories of the 2014 recruiting cycle involved a player who will likely never play a down of college football. At 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, Elisha Shaw was a highly recruited defensive tackle out of Tucker, Ga. He had multiple scholarship offers with Alabama considered to be his favorite. But Shaw suffered a neck injury that ended his senior season, and recently learned that it's unlikely he'll ever be medically cleared to play. Most schools backed off of Shaw once getting word of his medical status, but the Crimson Tide is awarding Shaw a medical hardship scholarship. This exemption allows Alabama to pay his tuition without him counting against the Tide's 85-player scholarship limit.

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February 7, 2014  07:59 AM ET

I smell an NCAA investigation cuz no good deed goes unpunished.

February 7, 2014  08:17 AM ET

This smells like some PR move so people don't look at the 8-10 guys Saban is going to have to cut to make room for the new guys.

February 7, 2014  08:22 AM ET

I don't know the rules on medical hardship scholarships. I understand them being used after a player is on the team and gets injured. Never heard of them being granted before the young man is enrolled. Good for Alabama if they can do this.

February 7, 2014  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This smells like some PR move so people don't look at the 8-10 guys Saban is going to have to cut to make room for the new guys.

Now now, don't judge everyone by how Urban Meyer would act.

February 7, 2014  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This smells like some PR move so people don't look at the 8-10 guys Saban is going to have to cut to make room for the new guys.

Come on TZ its not "cutting" it's "roster management".

Right Joe?

February 7, 2014  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't know the rules on medical hardship scholarships. I understand them being used after a player is on the team and gets injured. Never heard of them being granted before the young man is enrolled. Good for Alabama if they can do this.

+1.

And I assume all is on the up-and-up here, or at least something close to it. Only Lane Kiffen would directly do something against NCAA rules.





Oh, wait....

February 7, 2014  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Come on TZ its not "cutting" it's "roster management". Right Joe?

Its good PR and Saban knows he can process him straight to medical after the first year so whats there to lose except 1 spot for 1 year which means 1 players gets a greyshirt for 1 year.

February 7, 2014  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't know the rules on medical hardship scholarships. I understand them being used after a player is on the team and gets injured. Never heard of them being granted before the young man is enrolled. Good for Alabama if they can do this.

He counts against the 85 the first year than goes straight to Medical for year 2 and beyond. texas did the same thing for Kevin Shorter this year who also suffered a career ending injury in the Fall. Difference is they aren't putting it in the papers for PR purposes.

February 7, 2014  09:10 AM ET

I've got a question for you rule guys. If a player gets "processed" out of a program, do they still have to sit out a year when they go to another one?

February 7, 2014  09:14 AM ET

He can't ever play again. All other schools just droped him. Didn't have the time for him. Caoch Saban could have easily done the same. I guess it is easier to just be cynical.

February 7, 2014  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't know the rules on medical hardship scholarships...

Why pay attention to rules with a guy like Emmert in charge? Look at what's happened with recruiting. Yesterday's loopholes are today's accepted mainstream practices.

The NCAA isn't going to punish anyone to any considerable exten.

WWBD?

February 7, 2014  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He counts against the 85 the first year than goes straight to Medical for year 2 and beyond. texas did the same thing for Kevin Shorter this year who also suffered a career ending injury in the Fall. Difference is they aren't putting it in the papers for PR purposes.

also did it for Tre Newton

February 7, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He counts against the 85 the first year than goes straight to Medical for year 2 and beyond. texas did the same thing for Kevin Shorter this year who also suffered a career ending injury in the Fall. Difference is they aren't putting it in the papers for PR purposes.

Isn' Shorter also a track guy? Is he good enough for a track scholarship?

February 7, 2014  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He can't ever play again. All other schools just droped him. Didn't have the time for him. Caoch Saban could have easily done the same. I guess it is easier to just be cynical.

We gave a scholly to an injured recruit (spinal cord bruise) who we were hoping could be our speed back jet sweep-type of player. It's not clear if Strong puts as much value on this position as the previous regime.

February 7, 2014  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He counts against the 85 the first year than goes straight to Medical for year 2 and beyond. texas did the same thing for Kevin Shorter this year who also suffered a career ending injury in the Fall. Difference is they aren't putting it in the papers for PR purposes.

Yes, they did. Read multiple stories about him the last couple weeks.

February 7, 2014  09:41 AM ET

I would expect nothing less from one of the greatest universities in this country and one of the greatest coaches and a great man. Great job Saban and keep bringing in the championships while doing things the right way.



<you may all begin now>

February 7, 2014  09:46 AM ET
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Isn' Shorter also a track guy? Is he good enough for a track scholarship?

Not sure if he is good enough for that but he does run track.

February 7, 2014  09:46 AM ET

Sorry... To me it is nothing but a PR to digress from an obvious advantage... Oversigning...
I google to see with Alabama and medical hardship and you see it right away on how it seems odd that medical hardship comes up whenever there are oversigning of 8-10 student-athletes...

http://oversigning.com/testing/index.php/2010/03/29/medical-hardship-schol arships/

February 7, 2014  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

also did it for Tre Newton

Yes and Matt Nader who had a heart condition his senior year of HS and had to give up FB

 
February 7, 2014  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I would expect nothing less from one of the greatest universities in this country and one of the greatest coaches and a great man. Great job Saban and keep bringing in the championships while doing things the right way.<you may all begin now>

Nah. I only bust JKs chops.

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