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August 27, 2007 at 3:44 PM

Nicol departure explained

Talked to Cory Nicol a little while ago about why he left the team and he said it is strictly due to lingering problems with his groin.
“It’s just not really good to play,”’ he said.
Nicol suffered a groin injury in 2005 while playing at Orange Coast (Calif.) College and sat out the 2006 season while rehabbing.
He said that injury included tearing the groin and tearing the abductor muscle from the pubic bone and fracturing the pubic bone. He had surgery in Philadelphia that he said he hoped would clear up the problem.
He said he thought he was back to full health when training camp began at UW earlier this month.
But he said the injury began to creep back up after the first week of camp and only got worse.
“Every few days it was just almost too much,” he said. “I went through it as long as I could.”
He said he made the decision that he could no longer play on Saturday and told Tyrone Willingham before practice. But he said it was a brief discussion and that he intends to have another meeting with the coach on Tuesday to more fully explain his decision. He said there is no plan to return to football, however.
He said he plans to stay enrolled as a student at UW and is likely done with football.
“Anywhere I would go, football is football and my groin is still the same and I don’t know if it would allow me to play,” he said.
Nicol said he had no problems with any other aspects of the football program and that his decision was strictly related to the injury.
Nicol said he thinks the initial injury never properly healed.
He said he thought he was okay because he can play basketball and lots of other sports but that football “is just different. You use a lot of different muscles playing football. I guess playing football is something my groin just doesn’t want me to do.”
He said he was excited about the prospect of playing this season and that he realized he had a shot at being a significant contributor.
“It was looking pretty good but it is what it is,” he said. “I just can’t do it.”

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