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August 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm #119997
P12 players create list of demands. The dominoes will start to fall.August 2, 2020 at 10:30 pm #120021
Let them…then when the well runs dry they’ll have nothing to show for itAugust 3, 2020 at 9:12 am #120031
I would pump the brakes just a bit.
While the release said hundreds of players were in support, it only named a handful of media contacts, and there have been even fewer players that said they would sit out the season. (One of those was former WVU player Lamonte McDougle, who said he would not sit out because he has moths to feed.)
Even if the PAc-12 thinks only a few players will sit out, that is NOT a reason, IMO, to ignore the issues raised here. Issues with safety, NIL, etc. are problems that need to be dealt with.
There are a few of the items in this list that are simply unrealistic, though. The PAc-12 can’t solve racism overnight. It can try to work to continue pushing the cause, of course, and if players think more committees can help that, then that’s worth setting up. It also can’t guarantee a 100% safe environment for play. It can’t give 50% of football money to the players and still support Olympic sports, which are two of the demands.
If players are concerned and don’t want to play, they should be allowed to opt out and keep their scholarships. The Pac-12 previously said that would be the case.
There are valid points on both sides, as is often the case. Can a compromise be reached? It depends on the leadership on both sides.August 3, 2020 at 9:35 am #120033
Joel Klatt had a good Twitter post about this topic.
quick thought on Pac-12 Players who "opt-out"
– It is their absolute right & their scholarship should be honored
– being around team in an official capacity should be off the table…You cannot "opt-out" out of precaution & be around for study hall, dining, lifts, & practice
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) August 3, 2020August 3, 2020 at 9:51 am #120035
Good find, Jeff.
I don’t want to appear vindictive or retaliatory, but I agree with that thought. While the risk of transmission is probably the greatest during games and practices, you can’t discount it in the weight room and other common team areas.August 3, 2020 at 4:20 pm #120050
Quick bitty on 94.7 thought this could shut down Washington FB this year.August 3, 2020 at 8:43 pm #120054
Most of these demands have nothing to do with safety of the players during COVID.August 4, 2020 at 8:08 pm #120104
That’s true, but we are seeing college athletes use their current perceived leverage to their advantage.
I’d call 94.7 out for a gross overreaction.August 5, 2020 at 9:45 am #120114
Evidently Wash State have asked players who expressed Covid 19 concerns for this season to remove their belongings from their lockers and vacate the football facility. Still on scholarship but removed from team activities completely.August 5, 2020 at 10:27 am #120115August 5, 2020 at 10:29 am #120116
Ironically, Kerry Martin becomes first WVU player to opt out for this season.August 5, 2020 at 10:37 am #120117
Martin sitting out. Real shocker there. How early does he show up in transfer portal? Get your DC coach fired then abandon your teammates.
Glad all these ‘WE’ people help decide your future.August 5, 2020 at 11:35 am #120118
If I was a college athlete and had a red shirt year available, I would take it. It’s unlikely they will get even 10 games in. Seems like a rational decision to me.August 8, 2020 at 7:05 pm #120296
And it continues …… The MAC cancels ……yes CANCELS fall sports for the whole conference. Says they may reschedule for the spring. First of many changes to come for many conferences.August 8, 2020 at 7:09 pm #120297August 8, 2020 at 8:18 pm #120298
Here’s the USA Today article. Huge hit to MAC coffers. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/mac/2020/08/08/mac-cancels-football-season-first-fbs-conference-financial-covid-19/3326228001/?fbclid=IwAR3nvVzJrqGIpKXTtU9InRG0iXvltI_99ai6yib8TzYs4jiwU_a2SVyXl18August 8, 2020 at 9:55 pm #120299
How long before the P5 conferences fall in line?August 9, 2020 at 1:20 pm #120311
P5 schools will fall in line once ESPN decides it’s to big a risk to try and recover their losses.August 9, 2020 at 2:35 pm #120313
Losing non-conference games with Power 5 schools was a major hit to MAC and other Little 5 schools. In many cases it’s more money than they make for all of their conference games combined.August 10, 2020 at 9:26 am #120334
While ESPN controls and influences many aspects of college sports, this decision is on the presidents and chancellors.
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