Vanderbilt Gets Bitten by Concussion Bug

Its been a rough season for the Vanderbilt University basketball program.

First, Deadspin chronicled an embarrassing off-the-field incident —

More recently, the team has been beseiged by a series of concussions.

The Tennessean reported Friday that senior forward Shelby Moats might not return this season after suffering his second concussion in practice in the past two months, while point guard Shelton Mitchell and forward Jeff Roberson, both freshmen, have been sidelined indefinitely.

Coach Kevin Stallings seemed especially worried about Moats, telling the paper:

“Shelby does not look anywhere close to being back, and he may miss the rest of the season. … I think there’s a concern, particularly on Shelby’s part. With this being the second one, he is a little bit leery of it happening again.

“Everyone is much more sensitive to the concussion issue right now,” he told the paper. “As coaches, we joke around and say, ‘We used to call it a headache, and now they call it a concussion.’ But I made a deal a long time ago with the training staff: I don’t try to tell them about injuries, and they don’t try to tell me about basketball.”

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