Blaming Nick Saban for Tua Tagovailoa’s injury is a pointless exercise

first_imgBut Tagovailoa wouldn’t have played on Saturday if he, his family, Saban and the Alabama medical staff weren’t all in agreement he was healthy enough to take the field. This will be debated over and over and over again, not just through the end of this season, but anytime Tagovailoa’s injury resurfaces in the future. Every time, someone will recount how Saban decided to let Tagovailoa play against Mississippi State.If this is indeed the last we’ve seen of Alabama’s star quarterback, it’s a heartbreaking end for one of college football’s great representatives over the last three seasons. His is an amiable, fun-loving personality who propelled Alabama’s traditional rush-based offense into an exciting aerial attack. In short, Tagovailoa made Alabama — and college football — better simply by playing.No one knows that better than Saban. Whether you like his decision, it’s only piling on to blame him for Tagovailoa’s injury. Alabama beat Mississippi State 38-7 on Saturday, a miniscule, secondary result compared to the grim reality facing the Crimson Tide moving forward in 2019.Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s season — perhaps his collegiate career — is over. Alabama said as much after he exited Saturday’s game with a dislocated hip in the Tide’s final drive before halftime. Instead of traveling back to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on the team bus, he left Davis Wade Stadium in an ambulance and was taken via helicopter to Birmingham for further evaluation. Tagovailoa’s injury immediately engendered heated responses across social media. One of the most prevalent reactions — and unfair reactions — was to blame Alabama coach Nick Saban. Fans and objective observers alike said the Alabama coach shouldn’t have allowed Tagovailoa to re-enter the game, let alone play in the first place.MORE: Tagovailoa re-injured in game vs. Mississippi StateIt’s true that Alabama didn’t need Tagovailoa to beat Mississippi State. The same could be said of Western Carolina next week, and all but two of the Crimson Tide’s regular-season games. Tagovailoa could have sat out against the Bulldogs and Catamounts and got closer to 100 percent for Alabama’s Iron Bowl matchup at Auburn on Nov. 30.But Tagovailoa loves to play college football. He entered this game not quite 100 percent, but clearly felt well enough to play for his team. Knowing he lobbied Saban to enter the game for one final drive is part of what has made him one of college football’s best these past few seasons. It also makes his injury that much worse. Three plays into that lobbied final drive, Tagovailoa was injured.With hindsight, it’s obvious Tagovailoa should have stayed on the sidelines. But it’s hard to keep a player who enjoys the game as much as Tagovailoa off the field. Saban told ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath at halftime he allowed Tagoailoa to remain in the game to practice a two-minute situation, but it’s more likely he obliged to his magnetic star quarterback’s request for one last drive on the day.It’s easy to call that a mistake on Saban’s part, but those fans blaming him for Tagovailoa’s injury would be better off wishing Tagovailoa well.Coaches don’t play or withhold their players with injuries in mind; Saban said as much when McGrath asked him about his decision. The fact Saban described Tagovailoa’s injury as “a freak thing” in postgame shows it had nothing to do with the high-ankle sprain he suffered before Saturday’s game. It was something no one could plan for, or expect.Those people who blame Saban for Tagovailoa’s injury didn’t seem to harbor the same resentment for him when Raekwon Davis, DJ Dale and receiver Henry Ruggs left with injuries. Because it’s unreasonable to expect Saban would know those players would get hurt. It’s the same for Tagovailoa.MORE: Recounting Tagovailoa’s injury before LSUThat still leaves anger for people saying Tagovailoa shouldn’t have played at all on Saturday. Maybe Saban wanted to keep Tagovailoa’s legs fresh under him after watching his early struggles against LSU following a three-week layoff. Maybe Saban wanted to wrack up style points, knowing his team no longer controls its destiny in the College Football Playoff. Or maybe it really was as simple as practicing a two-minute drill, or acquiescing to Tagovailoa’s request.last_img read more

Wellington City Council discusses hiring a private sanitation service; Westborough Road improvements…

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council heard about possibilities of privatizing trash collection at its work session Monday. They will not likely be privatizing it anytime soon or sell off their current sanitation system any time soon.However, they might eventually expand it.They also talked about paving roads in the Westborough subdivision and ideas from the Chamber of Commerce. (See video of full meeting here – click about 6:30 into the video for the start of the meeting).As for trash collection, Wellington City Manager Shane Shields told the council he had received a proposal from a private company. They held a brief executive session to talk about dollar figures involved as that would have given an advantage other potential bidders over the company that gave them the information.There were a lot of possibilities on how it would work, but the information was provided to see if the council even wanted to go down that road.  The waste collection department currently transfers around $70,000 into the general fund, and if trash collection were outsourced that would be gone. There would also likely be jobs eliminated, though those people could apply for jobs with a company that was hired to do the work.This could also result in them having to raise rates at the transfer station, which could result in losing customers there.  They would also have to try to sell off their equipment.After the executive session, they did tell the city staff to look into things like curbside collection and could expand that operation in the future.In other matters:The council discussed paving roads in the Westborough Road area, and a few residents were in attendance. Current cost estimates are between $350,000 and $400,000.The area has some of the most expensive homes in Wellington, but it began as a dirt road.Residents of that area will be assessed part of the cost, which is to be determined later but could end up being five or 10 percent. In most subdivisions, this is done when the subdivision is built, but it was not done in this case.The residents in attendance seemed to be in agreement with that plan if they could get the road paved. It would be financed through a bond issue, and that means some percentage has to be paid by local residents. After they find out what the costs would be with different percentages assessed to residents, they may move forward.It would be next year at the earliest before it could begin.•Chamber of commerce director Annarose White told the council they want to get the high school ag shop class to build a Kiosk where they can put information about the city in a public place. The Antlers Hotel lot is the prime area being considered.It would be a way to have information available to the public, especially to visitors, when the chamber is not open.She also suggested creating some public bathrooms in the downtown area and some other improvement possibilities.p class=”p1″>Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.< Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post's comments through... RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog's comments through... RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (15) Logging you in... Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments... You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 202 weeks ago Let's not out source any more jobs. Yes, the current employees could apply with the new company but that's no guarantee they'll be hired. Then what will they do: Move? And: Give up $70,000 in income? Who would think that was a good idea? Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 202 weeks ago The waste collection department puts more money back into the general fund than the golf course does... Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Concerned citizen · 202 weeks ago Every other development in this town as well as virtually every other town includes the property owners paying for their streets and infrastructure through special assessments. This is done because the street, curbs and guttering improve the value of the adjoining property. In Westborough, the property owners chose to only put in dirt roads. I have property in town that is on a dirt road. If I wanted to get the road paved, the City would make me pay for it through specials unless it was an arterial street. Why is our Council even considering having all of the rest of our taxpayers pay to pave the streets in Westborough instead of the people living in the most expensive properties in town who will benefit from the improvements. At least Jan Korte was courageous enough to speak up about the fundamental unfairness. Are there some conflicts of interest here? Where do these council members live? Report Reply 2 replies · active 202 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 202 weeks ago Wanting to outsource is not right....this would cause problems with jobs...here and we need as many here for the citizens as possible...maybe look into possibly offering trash service on the outskirts of town to bring in more revenue...I pay $66.00 a month for once a week pick up...if the city charged the same...you might pick up some other business...just a thought... Report Reply 1 reply · active 202 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 202 weeks ago So just how high of a home appraisal does your house have to be before the city will even think about fixing or repaving the roads? Then on the trash service, just get on the computer and look up the rates in Wichita to see if it's a good deal or not. Report Reply 1 reply · active 202 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Cynthia Gonzales · 202 weeks ago You've already outsourced the Cafeteria and drivers from Winfield. It took Tim Gonzales all these years working by himself to deliver food to all schools in Wellington. Go back and retrive and bring back to school. He set up each school for activities and then tear down. You think outsourcing jobs will save us money. Spend money to train and retrain. Get those vehicles kept up and if you have to by new equipment so be it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Carl · 202 weeks ago Can we outsource the city council?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down notlla · 202 weeks ago Hang on to your pocket books people , I see another big raise on your utility bill. plus a lot of lost jobs . Why would anybody want to move to Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Maria H · 202 weeks ago So now we are looking to lay off workers who do a job most won't? One of those workers if a family member of mine and this would be devastating to their family. They work in town for a reason, and you want on outside source to come in? Why don't we get an outsourced Electric company to come in and we have a choice then? You pick and choose like you are God. I am appalled you would think about taking jobs away from an already ticked off town. So many citizens can barely make it as it is, then we added the electric and water hike, now cutting jobs? How are we supposed to live? I love Wellington to a point, but it is getting quite disappointing as the months and years go by. This town used to be bustling, now look at it. We citizens need to start taking over at the meetings, something. Something has just got to give. Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Wellington Resident · 202 weeks ago Wow wish I had purchased a house in the rich part of town. maybe then they would consider fixing the roads in my neighborhood. Us little people who live in normal neighborhoods are not as important. Report Reply 0 replies · active 202 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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