Posted by Tom FornelliWhile Indiana hasn't played a game with Kevin Wilson serving as head coach, the team has lost quite a bit since Wilson left Oklahoma for the head coach gig in Bloomington. Numerous assistants have moved on to other jobs, and now Wilson is having one of his starting offensive lineman retire on him. Aaron Price started ten games for the Hoosiers at left guard during his freshman season in 2010, and was expected to fill the same role in 2011.
Unfortunately for Price and Indiana, a degenerative back condition has forced Price to give up playing football. Wilson made the announcement on Tuesday.
“He’s got some degeneration medically in the back where it just couldn’t hold up,” Wilson told the Herald Times. “It was a concern through winter, but he did a great job in the winter. He actually came out in the first week in spring, but it started going south on him. Just long-term health, it’s not in his best interest… He was doing well, but he does have a major issue with a major part of his body. He tried. Local kid. No issues from us. It just health-wise couldn’t hold up. It’s unfortunate for him.”
While it's incredibly unfortunate for Price to have his football career end so early, there is some good news for the 6'4 288-pound lineman from Bloomington. Though he won't be playing football, he will be keeping his scholarship at Indiana.