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Re: Is there any chance we will have college football next f

Postby Xenon » June 20th, 2020, 6:29 pm

https://sports.yahoo.com/will-there-be- ... 09082.html

More bad news ...

I'm still optimistic ... I think this bad week will be followed by some good weeks ... Sure 23 players at Clemson tested positive.... the odds are that all 23 (and every other athlete at a P5 school) will be just fine in two weeks if not sooner ... you have to have something like 1000 healthy 20's test positive for one death based on recent numbers .... so chances are really really good those 23 will be fine.

BUT, as the article says, many of the people that were OPTIMISTIC just last week are not any more....

I'm still hopeful they will change again.... but they might not.

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Postby Dubby » June 21st, 2020, 3:55 pm

Sources: Large number of LSU football players placed in quarantine

The news was first reported by Sports Illustrated, which placed the total number of players in quarantine at 30 or more.

State health officials on Friday confirmed an outbreak of at least 100 coronavirus cases that could be traced back to bars at the popular Tigerland area near campus. The state urged those who visited the area to self-quarantine.

On Saturday, Kansas State announced that it had suspended all football workouts for 14 days after a recent round of coronavirus test results. Fourteen of 130 athletes tested across its sports program were found to be positive for COVID-19.

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/29339767/sources-large-number-lsu-football-players-placed-quarantine

Keep in mind these are all voluntary workouts we haven't even gotten to fall practice

Place that along with some players demanding 3rd party reviews as not trusting the schools reporting.

Place me in the camp still too soon to say for sure. Lets see what happens when the teams are fully together and what happens.
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Re: Is there any chance we will have college football next f

Postby Domer » June 24th, 2020, 5:00 pm

I'm afraid it is not looking good for college football this fall.

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Re: Is there any chance we will have college football next f

Postby Dubby » June 26th, 2020, 12:21 pm

Domer wrote:I'm afraid it is not looking good for college football this fall.

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Its HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) here in Atlanta plays at FCS level

Morehouse College

Just announced on the local news they've cancelled all Fall Sports due to ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic

That includes Football

I seriously doubt with the recent surge of COVID 19 cases they're going to be the only one.

Emory and GA State University Medical heads are predicting this pandemic could be far worst in the fall than it is right now
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Postby irishmark » July 3rd, 2020, 9:19 am

I don't believe we'll see sports this year.
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Re: Is there any chance we will have college football next f

Postby Dubby » July 3rd, 2020, 12:32 pm

irishmark wrote:I don't believe we'll see sports this year.


Its is starting to look Grim

Division III Bowdin College

Unfortunately, we will not be participating in fall and winter varsity sports during the fall semester.

Tennessee is talking about delaying the start of HS football and canceling season is on the table

I have a feeling with recent surge and B5 schools continuing to report infected athletes just doing voluntary workouts

Its starting to look very Grim
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Postby Dubby » July 3rd, 2020, 7:04 pm

I hate to rain on anyone parade but, it getting harder to find positive news

Kansas suspended its voluntary workouts for football on Friday after an increase of positive coronavirus tests within the program, the university said in a statement.

According to the Kansas athletics department, 162 student-athletes have been tested with 16 total positives, including 12 in football. There were positive test results in four other sports, and the school said 45 student-athletes in all sports are currently in quarantine.


Lafayette College has canceled its Sept. 12 football game at Navy as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced Friday.

In a statement, Navy said Lafayette is unable to play the game because its team would not be back on campus with enough time to meet FBS medical advisory guidelines. The Midshipmen are exploring a replacement opponent for that date.


A total of 14 Oklahoma football players have tested positive for the coronavirus, along with two of the 72 staff members who were tested, the school announced Wednesday as it began voluntary workouts.


Add to all of that GA and SC Governors are saying if cases continues to rise endangers there being college or HS football in their states this fall
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Postby Willie the Wildcat » July 6th, 2020, 9:07 am

K-State is just resuming workouts after shutting down for 2 weeks because of a similar case count to KU's. Will be interesting to see what happens over the next two weeks at KSU.

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Postby Dubby » July 6th, 2020, 10:53 pm

As I said not rain on anyone parade its not looking good

florida is surging right now passed 200K, Texas Hospitals are nearing capacity as they continue to surge, Arizona passed 100K today

Here in GA we're closing in on 100K

Clearly not looking good right now

Fordham's football game against Hawaii on Sept. 12 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rams have now canceled their first three games. A school spokesperson said Fordham will announce later this week whether the entire fall season will be canceled or potentially moved to the spring.

Fordham is a football-only member of the Patriot League, whose Council of Presidents announced last month a guidance plan for fall competition. One of the key provisions of that plan was that "No Patriot League teams will fly to competitions and, with rare exceptions, regular-season competition will exclude overnight travel."

The Rams were supposed to open the season against Stony Brook on Aug. 29 and then host Bryant on Sept. 5 before heading to Hawaii.

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb throughout the country, the level of concern among college football's decision-makers has risen, too, but the Power 5 conference leaders have told ESPN they still aren't ready to make any major changes to the sport's calendar, instead targeting the end of July to determine if the season can start on time.

"We said from the onset of this pandemic that circumstances around the virus would guide our decision-making, and it is clear recent developments related to COVID-19 have not been trending in the right direction," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement provided Monday to ESPN. "There are important decisions to be made in the coming weeks, and by late July there should be more clarity about the fall season. In the meantime, our athletics programs will continue to effectively manage the health and safety of our student-athletes as they continue voluntary activities on their respective campuses."

The transition from voluntary to mandatory workouts is already here, as schools that open the season on Aug. 29 could begin required workouts Monday. For teams that begin the season Labor Day weekend, required workouts will begin July 13, followed by an enhanced training schedule that begins July 24 and a normal, four-week preseason camp starting Aug. 7.

West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons, who is chair of the Football Oversight Committee and helped spearhead the NCAA-approved, six-week return plan that was approved last month, said moving forward with it will have to be a campus-to-campus decision.
"For us in college sports and sports in general," he said, "it's not trending the way we were hoping it would."

According to The Washington Post, the United States on Monday entered its 28th straight day of reporting record-high average infections. American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco said Friday that if students don't return to college campuses this fall, "all bets are off."

"I'm still not of the mind to say, 'Gee, we shouldn't do this,' or 'We should throw in the towel,' but on the other hand, am I less confident than I was maybe a week ago? Absolutely," he said. "I don't think there's any way you wouldn't be.

"The key is going to be if our students return to campuses," he said. "It's very unlikely that we would play fall sports -- highly unlikely we would play fall sports -- if we didn't have our students back on campus. If our presidents and chancellors didn't feel it was safe to have our students on campus, it's very hard to see college sports happening in the fall."

One FBS commissioner, who spoke candidly to ESPN on the condition of anonymity, took it a step further.

"I'm very concerned," the commissioner said. "For so long, we've been saying we had time and things were going to change and we were very hopeful. I'm still hopeful that we have college football, I'm just more pessimistic that we won't have it on time. I don't see us starting on time at this point. One day I thought, 'I better look at the calendar,' because I felt like it was March 11 again."

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that until the conference is told to stop by local health or government officials, it will continue to put "one foot in front of the other."

"I think you'd have to not be paying attention if you haven't noticed the trends are not positive, but the campuses are learning how to coexist with the virus, and so they're learning more about the testing, and about how you go about managing it," Bowlsby said. "We haven't been told by public health officials or our local doctors or our scientific consultants that we should stop doing what we're doing. My feeling is you just keep putting one foot in front of the other until you're advised it's a bad idea. When we get that advice, obviously the safety, health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff is first. When we're told, 'This just isn't going to work out,' obviously nobody is going to be resisting that ... but they haven't said that to us yet."

Nor has the Pac-12 changed its approach, though the footprint of that conference includes hotspots Arizona and California. Arizona hit new highs in its seven-day average of rolling cases, according to The Post, and experienced record coronavirus hospitalizations. USC has already announced it will transition to mainly online courses, while allowing students on campus for certain activities.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said he continues to be hopeful the season can start on time, but acknowledges the need to be flexible.

"There's no denying that the last few weeks things have taken a turn for the worse in much of our country and much of our conference in terms of what's happened when governors and local officials have taken their foot off the break a little bit," Scott said. "... I've tried to be cautiously optimistic, and that's becoming a little bit harder over the last couple of weeks, but we're going to take a lot of guidance from what our campuses do over the coming weeks, and see how the data trends and what our medical experts are saying."

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren was not available for comment for this story, and has kept the league's discussions mostly internal.

At West Virginia, Lyons said four football players test positive last week, and there were five positive tests in men's basketball, so he delayed their return from July 6 to July 20. While he hasn't had to halt the football workouts yet, Lyons said the next three weeks will be critical to making an informed decision about the season.

"We feel that last week of July -- you could potentially go into that first week in August -- which is roughly three weeks prior to the first game, and start making decisions, but that's really pushing up against the deadline at that point," Lyons said. "... What I'm being told by the medical experts is the next 2½ to 3 weeks is really going to tell us what August and the possibility of starting a season in September is going to look like more than continuing practice activities."

In the only major significant change to the schedule so far, Notre Dame announced last month it would face Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, most likely on Labor Day weekend, instead of in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 29 as originally planned. Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told ESPN on Friday that both schools are still planning for the game to take place -- but conceded his overall confidence level in a normal fall season has dwindled.

"I think we were all of a different mindset two weeks ago," Gladchuk said. "Let's go, let's roll, let's make it work. We've all done into logistical details of making it happen. ... I think we're all a little concerned right now with the surge that you've seen, certainly in the AAC because it's states that are really fighting an uphill battle today.

"[The state of] Florida, UCF, South Florida, Texas ... I think there's a little bit more uncertainty right now," he said. "Two weeks ago it was very optimistic. Today, I'm not saying anyone has changed their mind, I think they're being a little more guarded with their optimism in the way it's exploding."

Regardless of how the season unfolds, College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said, "The CFP will be ready for whatever comes down," but he declined to discuss any hypothetical situations or potential contingency plans for the postseason.

While college football fans throughout the country are eager to learn if and when there will be a season, Bowlsby cautioned that it's nearly impossible to set a true deadline for making any sweeping statements about the season.

"It's not a declaratory process," Bowlsby said. "I don't think we can all of a sudden one day say, 'Yep, we've seen all the signs and we're full speed ahead.' I just don't think that's the nature of it. Some will be seeing positive tests throughout the fall. There will be occasions when games will have to be altered or canceled, but it's not likely everybody is going to be in the same situation at the same time. People are wanting to say, 'Here's the date, we either flip the switch or we don't flip the switch,' and it just doesn't work that way."



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Postby Dubby » July 9th, 2020, 4:31 pm

Big Ten moving to conference-only model for all sports this fall

The Big Ten on Thursday announced it will be going to a conference-only season for all fall sports, including football, amid "unprecedented times" during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority," the Big Ten said in a statement.

"... By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic."

The Big Ten is the first of the Power 5 conferences to make this type of a major change to its fall sports. The Ivy League on Wednesday ruled out playing all sports this fall.

If college football can be played this fall, Big Ten presidents and athletic directors preferred the conference-only model, which will eliminate some long-distance travel and help ensure teams are being tested for the coronavirus universally, multiple sources inside the league and around college football told ESPN.

Other sports affected include men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball.

The new conference-only schedules for all fall sports will be released at a later date, the Big Ten said. The conference also said it would continue to evaluate other sports.

Big Ten presidents and ADs discussed the issues during a conference call earlier this week, and the league's head coaches were given an opportunity to weigh in on Thursday morning.

"As we continue to focus on how to play this season in a safe and responsible way, based on the best advice of medical experts, we are also prepared not to play in order to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes should the circumstances so dictate," the Big Ten statement said.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, who had been "cautiously optimistic" about a 2020 football season, on Thursday downgraded that feeling to "really concerned."

"I'm really concerned. ... I'm very concerned," Smith said. "In our last conversation, whenever that way, I was cautiously optimistic. I'm not even there now, when you look at the behavior of our country and you consider that in May we were on a downward trajectory with [coronavirus] cases.

"I am concerned that we may not be able to play. Which is why we took the measure we took -- in order to try and have September available to us for conference games and give us the flexibility and control to handle disruptions if we're able to start a season. I'm concerned about where we are, just across the board, relative to the management of the pandemic as individuals."

The conference also said it was working with the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee to finalize protocols for the upcoming fall seasons.

The Big Ten said all student-athletes choosing not to participate in sports during the 2020-21 academic year due to concerns about COVID-19 "will continue to have their scholarship honored by their institution and will remain in good standing with their team."

Some Big Ten schools preferred playing only conference foes in football with one additional nonleague game -- thus preserving some of the marquee non-Big Ten matchups -- but there was overwhelming support for a 10-game conference-only schedule, the sources said.

An assistant coach at a Big Ten program told ESPN that his head coach instructed him to stop scouting and otherwise preparing for nonconference opponents and focus only on Big Ten foes.

The Big Ten's potential decision to play only conference opponents would affect 36 scheduled football opponents, 28 from the FBS and eight from the FCS. Six FBS schools -- Ball State, Bowling Green, BYU, Central Michigan, UConn and Northern Illinois -- are scheduled to play two Big Ten opponents this season.

The Big Ten would lose marquee nonconference matchups, including Michigan's road game at Washington on Sept. 5, Ohio State's trip to Oregon on Sept. 12, Michigan State's home game against Miami on Sept. 26 and Wisconsin's contest against Notre Dame at Lambeau Field on Oct. 3.

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg contributed to this story.
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Bottom line is all these games are now scrapped

Date Matchup
Sept. 5 Michigan at Washington
Sept. 12 Ohio State at Oregon
Iowa State at Iowa
Penn State at Va. Tech
Sept. 19 App. State at Wisconsin
Sept. 26 Miami at Michigan State
Cincinnati at Nebraska
Oct. 3 Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame*
* at Lambeau Field
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