Adrian Arrington

Oregon football workouts sent players to hospital. Who will stand up for them?

Oregon football workouts sent players to hospital. Who will stand up for them?

As three Oregon football players remained hospitalized Tuesday morning, a disquieting thought struck Ramogi Huma, the president of the National College Players Association. "Had they received a few bucks for signing an autograph," Huma said, "the NCAA would have launched an investigation." But the physical endangerment of three players, a direct result of following orders from coaches, would result in no action from college sports' governing body -- no investigation, no rebuke, no infractions penalty.

The three players -- Doug Brenner, Sam Poutasi and Cam McCormick -- checked into PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield,...