LOL.....so 2 KIDS that commit to the U (one from 1/2 way across the world) suffer injuries playing the sport (representing the U) rehab relentlessly, are great teammates, never in trouble, and get great grades should be run off? This isn't pro sports. It's just not.
Did any of those engineering students get hurt playing engineering while representing the U? Dumbest analogy ever.
I challenge you to find an example of a school that literally cut a player because of injury. And don't give me some crap about they were encouraged to leave. You literally want to cut them. Place them on waivers like an NBA team.
They are not being told to never play basketball again, that is where you are mistaking my argument. I am told that they can go to another program if they want to keep playing as their time at the U should be over.
I'm sure there are examples if you just look at teams that have new coaches. I bet Rick Pitino is going to tell kids who are good students, have good grades...etc, that they are getting cut. Same at other schools across the country. Roster turnover is a real thing. The portal has made this. If this was pre-portal it would be a harder discussion.
But, my stance is more about I firmly believe their should be an age limit to collegiate athletics. You get 4 years of eligibility, injuries don't give you extra years. Memphis had a 26 year old playing college basketball, it's crazy. Nebraska had a 25 year old playing college basketball.
NIL is transforming college basketball into careers for these players. I wouldn't be surprised if we start to see more and more 23-25 year old players who continually transfer and stay in college for NIL money (granted there would most likely need to be an injury year in there somewhere) versus graduating at 22 and moving to the real world.