You're wrong to suggest Alabama doesn't do this more than other schools. If Amos pointed this out, then either his numbers are wrong, or both Stewart Mandel's and the Wall Street Journals' are. I'm siding with Stewie boy and the Wall Street Journal.
Ok, this appears to be a case of you reading what you want to see in the referenced articles as opposed to what is actually in them. My numbers are not wrong, nor do they conflict with the numbers provided by the WSJ or Stewart Mandel.
-The WSJ and Mandel both state that Alabama had 12 medical hardships during Saban's first 4 years. This is true and I've never even intimited that it is not true.
-Mandel stated that Tressel had 4 medical hardshipis in 10 years. Again, this is something that I've never disputed.
-The WSJ article stated that the SEC had AT LEAST 24 medical hardships over that 4 year period. I provided stats for a few other SEC schools and when you add them up, the SEC has had at least 38 medical hardships over that 4 year period. THIS DOES NOT CONTRADICT THE WSJ ARTICLE. In fact, my claim being true necessitates the WSJ claim being true. I can provide the list of the 38 players if you want them.
So, as you can see, my numbers don't contradict anything written by Mandel or the WSJ. Where the difference comes in is the way we portray the numbers. The WSJ and Mandel portray Alabama as an outlier, but how well do they back up that claim? Not very well at all. Yes, Alabama has had significantly more medical hardships than Ohio State, but so has Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Florida State, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, and many, many other major programs. Are all these programs forcing bogus medical hardships on players too? "But they aren't oversigned", you say. That may be true, but getting rid of their dead weight via medical hardships would open up roster space allowing each of those schools to sign bigger recruiting classes the following year than they would have been able to had they not forced the players to take medical hardships.
And after reading the testimonials from your players, I can't believe you're not outraged that the coach is doing this. Maybe you didn't read them. But in your mind, he's not doing anything wrong or shady.
As Catch 5 pointed out, the actual comments made by the former players in the WSJ are not nearly as damaging as the way the author portrays them in the article. And unlike James Jackson, each of the 3 players quoted in the WSJ article will be able to finish his degree on scholarship without transferring (one will actually complete his undergrad and grad degrees on scholarship):
"They had an oversigning issue," Jackson said. "They had to free up a few scholarships, and coach [Jim] Tressel told me I probably wouldn't play and maybe Ohio State wasn't the place for me."
But Jackson said if he had known then what he knows now, he would not have gone to Ohio State, and believes disclosure laws can help others avoid similar mistakes.
"My main goal coming out of high school was to get a degree from a Division I program," said Jackson, who now attends Wayne State, a Division II school in Michigan. "If I had known they wouldn't keep me in school for four to five years, no matter what, I would have gone somewhere else."
Did the above testimonial outrage you that your coach was doing this?