College Football Shortens Their Season Due To Coronavirus
Colleges are choosing to cancel or shorten their 2020 football season in response to growing concerns of Covid-19. Athletes including Jordan Reid of MSU and Rondale Moore of Purdue University have released statements on why they have chosen to opt out this season and more.
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After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we've decided that @UConnFootball will not compete on the gridiron this season. https://t.co/R5dLlnFNo9
The University of Connecticut has become the first college program to cancel its 2020 football season.
Covid-19 has hindered the ability to progress many careers as well as future careers. The virus is easily spread from one person to the next and some without symptoms. “The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place out football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.” the UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a news release. UConn will allow student-athletes to remain in their courses in person or virtually. Other colleges have yet to cancel their seasons but have pushed them to a later date.
The Big Sky Conference which includes Northern Arizona University, Portland State and Cal State Sacramento will push their fall season to spring of 2021. “This is the right decision for our member institutions, even though we realize how disappointing it will be for all who represent and care about Big Sky Football,” Commissioner Tom Wistrcill said in a quote to ESPN. Many public health officials have stated the high risks of transmission among players who cannot be isolated like the NBA bubble in Florida. Some major colleges will continue with the 2020 season, but not all players are on board with continuing during a pandemic.
The list of players who will opt out for the fall season is continuing to grow including Josh Jackson, QuarterBack for Maryland, DJ Ford of North Caroline and Jordan Reid from Michigan State. Some players are choosing to opt out due to preexisting health conditions. Other high profile athletes are looking to head into the NFL draft early after playing three years in college and opting out of the 2020 season.
Athletes including Jordan Reid of MSU and Rondale Moore of Purdue University have released statements on why they have chosen to opt out this season. “Given the unprecedented circumstances we are currently living in, the best choice for my family and I is to opt out of the upcoming season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft,” Moore said in part of his statement released online, “…I will greatly miss the entire community. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude #Boiler4Life.”
Player Jordan Reid has opted out of this year’s season but plans to play a 5th year with MSU due to the coronavirus. Reid released his statement via Twitter.
The University of California, Berkeley is planning to continue to its 2020 seasons with ticket sales based on the safety guidelines set by campus and Berkeley Public Health officials. Ticket availability will be released on a weekly basis according to the Cal Sports Report and issued through either mobile delivery or at home printer. CAL is part of the Pac-12 sports league which is set to play a 10-game conference-only schedule starting Sept. 26. The Big 10 will also continue with their 2020-2021 season.
The BIG Ten released a statement on the futures of scholar students. “Big Ten student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any time during the summer and/or 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.” A statement on the website said. The Big Ten site also stated that the colleges are prepared not to play if the pandemic dictates it is not safe for the players to continue, thereby ensuring the health and safety of the students.
Colleges are still at the mercy of Covid-19 if a second wave or spikes begin to trend across the country. More conferences are expected to either push back or shorten their seasons to help prevent a future spread of the virus and help highlight players’ athletic skills for professional drafts. More information about each conference can be found on their websites concerning the future of their seasons.
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