Posted by Tom Fornelli
Here's a helpful hint for any college football player, or athlete in general who is reading this blog: if you get injured in practice, don't blame the team or the coaching staff. It seldom works out to your benefit.
For instance, last week USC running back Marc Tyler pulled his hamstring in practice. It's an injury that is going to keep him sidelined through spring practice. Well, when talking to the media about the injury, Tyler wanted to make sure that everybody understood it wasn't his fault he got hurt. According to Tyler, the reason he pulled up lame running a route in practice was because the team failed to hold proper stretching excercises before practice.
“I didn’t know we weren’t going to stretch like we usually do,” Tyler said. “I guess they want us to come here earlier and stretch before. I didn’t know they changed it. My legs didn’t feel good all practice.”
Imagine that, an athlete who has been participating in sports for years having to make sure he stretches himself before practice. How crazy!
Anyway, Tyler's head coach Lane Kiffin caught wind of the excuse and quickly put an end to it.
“We’ve discussed that with Marc,” Kiffin said. “Since he pulled his hamstring two hours into practice, it wasn’t the stretching before that.”
Kiffin also pointed out that USC has four stretching tables available to its players at all times, and that he doesn't think "any college in America does that."
I guess Tyler wants eight.