Did Alabama pressure some underperforming players to quit the team for medical reasons, even in cases where the players were healthy enough to play?
The Crimson Tide has offered at least 12 medical hardship scholarships since Nick Saban became coach of the team in 2007. The scholarships, allowed under NCAA rules, are intended to ensure that scholarship athletes who are too injured to play don't lose their financial aid. Once a player agrees to take a medical scholarship, they can no longer play for that team.
But at least three Alabama players who took that route say the team is using the practice to clear spots for better players by cutting players it no longer wants.
"I'm still kind of bitter, former linebacker Chuck Kirschman told the Wall Street Journal.
"It's a business," he said. "College football is all about politics. And this is a loophole in the system."