Two SEC Coaches With Different Approaches To Injuries

FILE – Chuck Oliver speaks with LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron at SEC Media Days 2018. (Photo – 680 The Fan)
FILE – Alabama head coach Nick Saban walks the field before the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (FILE AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

CHUCK OLIVER
ATLANTA, Ga – Two SEC head coaches took very different approaches to handling injuries. The Football Gods did not like one of those.

Yet again, the biggest Bill Clinton injury report in the conference comes from Baton Rouge. While legally accurate, it may be misleading.

Just as Coach O did the two or three weeks leading up to UF, he’s putting healthy-enough players on the shelf not just this week, but depending on the condition A&M exits Athens in, possibly next week, too. The goal is December 7 and that’s carrying the day for Ed Orgeron.

Saban’s in a much different position because he decided to play Tua, at all. I said on Monday that the conversation/criticism about Saban was way off base because it was centered around, “Why was Tua still in?” It wasn’t about “still” in the game, it was about in the game, at all.

When you put a kid on the field, at all, that’s what can happen. You know the conversation you never really hear from coaches? “How much can he play Saturday?” It’s IF he can play, and once you send him out there it’s almost irrelevant one play or 30, brah, you’ve picked up the dice. You got to hit your point or throw a 7. Saban’s decision was fine, the outcome just happens sometimes.

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