Kellen Pagel, the projected starting quarterback for the UMass football team, will miss the UConn game and will be out indefinitely due to post-concussion symptoms, according to the Gazette and Mass Live.
The quarterback competition is currently a two-man race with redshirt freshman Mike Wegzyn holding a lead over true freshman A.J. Doyle.
Regarding the Pagel situation, I wanted to quickly address an issue that several of our readers have brought up with regards to an article I wrote – and then removed – on August 12.
On August 11, I received an e-mail from a source close to the team regarding the medical status of Pagel and several other members of the football team. In short, the e-mail contained a team-wide injury report for four days and gave a brief description of each athlete’s injury. On August 12, I posted a synopsis regarding Pagel’s status as it was described in the report.
That article was the first to mention his injury.
Several hours after posting the article, I was alerted to the fact that the information was not meant for public consumption and was having an adverse affect on several parties. Out of respect to Pagel and his family, I removed the article.
I want to make it clear that I struggled with this decision. As a professional journalist and an aspiring attorney who has focused on First Amendment and media law, I believe in unfettered and accurate reporting of relevant information. Nothing in my original article was incorrect or improperly disclosed on my behalf. I chose to delete the post out of respect to a student athlete, and that outweighed my journalistic desire to report accurate news first.
I apologize to my readers for any confusion that this decision caused.