At the onset of the sports shutdown, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott — after consultation with the presidents and chancellors — indicated that if classrooms couldn’t open in the fall, locker rooms wouldn’t open for the fall.
“If the students, broadly, are not back on campus,” Scott told the Hotline, “I don’t imagine the student-athletes being back under any scenario.”
So, um, err … what the heck happened?
Because these schools have become completely dependent on football money to sustain their entire athletics budget. There is no rainy day fund.Seems like a good question.
Analysis: As Pac-12 schools shift to remote-only instruction, why is football rolling on?
Part of it too is the effort to maintain the athletic department as non-profit. So the ridiculous amounts of money that these programs make has to go somewhere: Into coaches and administration salaries, into other sports, and into lavish facilities. There is not one NFL locker room or facility that's as nice as the worst facilities in the SEC.Of course, any "rainy day fund" would have been spent on coaches.
It's a professional sport for everyone except the "student athletes."
Honestly it sounds like a much better season than usual.Cross-posting
ACC wants to play. 10 conference plus one non-conference, to be in the state of the ACC school (home or away)
- The season's first games will take place the week of Sept. 7-12
- The 2020 scheduling model includes 11 games (10 plus one: 10 conference and one non-conference)
- All non-conference game opponents, selected by the respective school, must be played in the home state of the ACC institution, and all non-conference opponents must meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC
- The 11 games will be played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates
- There will be one division
- Notre Dame will also play a 10-game conference schedule and be eligible to compete in the 2020 ACC Football Championship Game
- All television revenue for the 2020 season, including Notre Dame's home games broadcast by NBC, will be shared equally by all 15 institutions
- The ACC Football Championship Game will be played on either December 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will feature the top two teams based upon highest conference-game winning percentage
- All 15 teams will continue to be part of the ACC's bowl selection process; should Notre Dame win the ACC Football Championship Game they would be eligible for the Orange Bowl, if not selected as a College Football Playoff semifinal team
- The 2020 ACC Football week-by-week schedule and television selections will be released in the future
I wonder why they wouldn't do the same thing as the ACC to preserve those games, plus Fla State/Fla, etc?Say bye bye to big non conference games like UGA/GT and Clemson/South Carolina.
Good. Why don’t you focusing on suing BC again during all your downtime, UConn?UConn expected to not play football this fall.
College football’s most powerful conference, the SEC, announced Thursday that it plans to forge ahead with a season this fall. But a day earlier, in a private meeting with conference leaders and medical advisers, several football players raised concerns about their safety, only to be told that positive cases on their teams were a “given,” according to an audio recording obtained by The Washington Post.
The meeting, which took place Wednesday, included more than a dozen SEC football players, members of the conference’s medical advisory board and SEC officials, including Commissioner Greg Sankey. It was designed as a “confidential free exchange,” an SEC spokesman said in an email, where the league’s medical advisers could “hear questions and our student-athletes were able to hear answers."
But the recording offers a window into how conference officials — keen on keeping a multibillion dollar industry afloat amid the novel coronavirus pandemic — are, and aren’t, reassuring the athletes they need to make the season a reality.
If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it really fall?UConn expected to not play football this fall.
A group of Pac-12 football players from multiple schools is threatening to opt out of both preseason camps and games until its negotiations with the league regarding concerns about racial injustice, their safety during the coronavirus pandemic and other demands are completed.
A text message obtained by ESPN says the group's goal is to "obtain a written contract with the Pac- 12 that legally ensures we are offered the following protections and benefits."
The group's list of demands, according to the text message, includes safe play amid the pandemic, fighting racial injustice, securing economic rights and fair compensation, protecting all sports and obtaining long-term health insurance.
People familiar with the group's mission told ESPN that the central issue it wants to address with the league and its schools is racial injustice.
On Sunday, the players issued their concerns and demands through The Players' Tribune, including the hashtag #WeAreUnited.
Among the demands are protections for eligibility and better health and safety standards amid the pandemic, keeping existing sports by cutting pay to coaches and administrators, a plan to fight racial injustice in college sports and society, and plans for revenue sharing and six-year athletic scholarships, among other economic issues.
Ramogi Huma, the founder and president of the National College Players Association, is assisting the players in organizing the potential boycott, sources told ESPN. Huma, a former linebacker at UCLA, has been an advocate for college athletes' rights.
A staff member at a Pac-12 football program told ESPN that the movement is "real" and involves potentially hundreds of players.
A UCLA player contacted by ESPN said Bruins team leaders planned to meet and discuss the potential boycott Saturday.
A person familiar with the Pac-12 campaign said players from Cal, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA and other schools are involved. The person said at least a few of the league's head coaches were aware of the potential boycott and have independently gauged their teams' involvement, which has varied from campus to campus.
Pac-12 Football Unity Demands
To Protect and Benefit Both Scholarship and Walk-On Athletes
I. Health & Safety Protections
Mandatory Safety Standards, Including COVID-19 Measures
- Allow option not to play during the pandemic without losing athletics eligibility or spot on our team’s roster.
- Prohibit/void COVID-19 agreements that waive liability.
II. Protect All Sports
- Player-approved health and safety standards enforced by a third party selected by players to address COVID-19, as well as serious injury, abuse and death.
Preserve All Existing Sports by Eliminating Excessive Expenditures
*As an example, Stanford University should reinstate all sports discontinued by tapping into their $27.7 billion endowment.
- Larry Scott, administrators, and coaches to voluntarily and drastically reduce excessive pay.
- End performance/academic bonuses.
- End lavish facility expenditures and use some endowment funds to preserve all sports.*
III. End Racial Injustice in College Sports and Society
IV. Economic Freedom and Equity
- Form a permanent civic-engagement task force made up of our leaders, experts of our choice, and university and conference administrators to address outstanding issues such as racial injustice in college sports and in society.
- In partnership with the Pac-12, 2% of conference revenue would be directed by players to support financial aid for low-income Black students, community initiatives, and development programs for college athletes on each campus.
- Form annual Pac-12 Black College Athlete Summit with guaranteed representation of at least three athletes of our choice from every school.
Guaranteed Medical Expense Coverage
Name, Image, and Likeness Rights & Representation
- Medical insurance selected by players for sports-related medical conditions, including COVID- 19 illness, to cover six years after college athletics eligibility ends.
Fair Market Pay, Rights, & Freedoms
- The freedom to secure representation, receive basic necessities from any third party, and earn money for use of our name, image, and likeness rights.
- Distribute 50% of each sport’s total conference revenue evenly among athletes in their respective sports.
- Six-year athletic scholarships to foster undergraduate and graduate degree completion.
- Elimination of all policies and practices restricting or deterring our freedom of speech, our ability to fully participate in charitable work, and our freedom to participate in campus activities outside of mandatory athletics participation.
- Ability of players of all sports to transfer one time without punishment, and additionally in cases of abuse or serious negligence.
- Ability to complete eligibility after participating in a pro draft if player goes undrafted and foregoes professional participation within seven days of the draft.
- Due process rights
Here is moreThis seems like an ill advised move by WSU
Here is audio of the phone callOh boy this will not play well in the court of public opinion.
If power 5 football schools left the NCAA to form their own organization, how would Title IX work? Would the football scholarships still "count" the same? Or would that suddenly open up ~80 scholarships for men for different sports that were allocated for football?The NCAA isn't going to change its rules on the fly either.
I would assume they would have to leave the NCAA for all sports, and that the new organization they created to replace the NCAA would have to satisfy Title IX, so it would be status quo I think.If power 5 football schools left the NCAA to form their own organization, how would Title IX work? Would the football scholarships still "count" the same? Or would that suddenly open up ~80 scholarships for men for different sports that were allocated for football?
They basically already have for football. There's a reason last year's official NCAA Division 1 Football National Champion is North Dakota State.If power 5 football schools left the NCAA to form their own organization, how would Title IX work? Would the football scholarships still "count" the same? Or would that suddenly open up ~80 scholarships for men for different sports that were allocated for football?
On Monday numerous sources throughout the Big Ten reported that an announcement was expected in the next few days regarding this season, with two options.
1. Push back the start of the season until the third or last week in September and postpone the start of practice until the last week in August.
2. Shut down football for the ENTIRE 2020 season.
And as Monday faded into Tuesday, there was a growing sentiment that the Big Ten will simply shut down the season. with the announcement expected in the next few days.
It remains a fluid situation, with Warren, exploring all his options, including direct imput from Big Ten players.
There was a reason Urban was unable to retire and un-retire and retire again and not get his chosen one (Addazio) the Florida job. Dan Mullen left a year too early to go to MSU and allowed me to witness the Coach Boom era in Gainesville.An inadequate game plan. From Steve Addazio. You don’t say. Guy’s a jackass through and through.