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June 3rd

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Oregon planning on having football players back on campus June 15th

From The Oregonian … Oregon football is slated to have at least some players return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15.

Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said June 15, the first day Pac-12 teams can begin on-campus workouts, is a “target date” for activities to begin, though all players may not start at the same time.

“We have a lot of players in town right now that have been in town, which helps the process because obviously they’ve already been in isolation,” Cristobal said on The James Crepea Show on KORE 1050 Fox Sports Eugene on Tuesday. “But either way, as we return when it’s time to enter the the 15th is a target date. It may not be everybody at the same time but there is testing and there’s testing of course for the virus and for the antibodies, two separate tests, as we know. There will be a very thorough conditioning screening as well.

“There will be — you name it, a nutritional plan, a plan for entry and exit of the building, what parts of the building can actually be used. It’s really, really thorough. The videos have been made, the details we’ve gone over briefly and it’ll be just like a game plan; you go over your game plan and our install probably three times before you even enter camp. We’ll go over it even more than that before they even walk through t he door to make sure that we can ensure their safety as best we can.”

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USC joins the ranks of schools planning on in-person classes this fall

From USCFootball.com … President Carl Folt announced that USC will hold in-person classes for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester in a letter to students and alumni Tuesday. In her letter, Folt announced changes to the university’s original schedule in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“While we still have many details to work out, we are planning for an in-person fall semester for students beginning on August 17, 2020, a week earlier than originally scheduled. All classes, including final exams, will end by Thanksgiving,” Folt said. “By ending the semester before Thanksgiving, we are aiming to minimize the spread of the virus, particularly as the flu season commences. To support this schedule, we will not have a fall break in 2020. Please understand that these plans remain contingent on several factors, including the continued spread of COVID-19, and the health orders from state and local authorities. So, things could change, but we are excited to move forward and to have you back.”

Folt did not directly address Los Angeles County’s current restrictions on large gatherings, but did write that USC’s health and safety procedures would be guided by both the university’s internal leadership team and the LA County Department of Health. Folt also announced that those returning to campus will have to follow mandatory requirements in order to attend.

“The wearing of face coverings is a mandatory requirement for anyone on campus and in the classroom,” Folt said. “Physical distancing is also mandatory. Failure to follow these requirements, and any others that are determined necessary to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community, will lead to disciplinary actions … Each member of our community will be asked to agree in writing to follow campus and public health policies and guidelines, if they wish to return to campus activities. We are also developing required educational training sessions for our faculty, students, and staff to take at home before returning to campus.”

In addition, USC will still offer online classes for almost every in-person class to provide more flexibility for both faculty and students. Folt explained that they will have additional solutions for those who are high risk and more information on those plans will come at a later date. Testing is another key component, but no details were released in Folt’s letter.

“Robust testing and contact tracing protocols are currently being followed on campus,” Folt said. “These will be expanded and enhanced during the fall semester to include returning staff, faculty, and students. Comprehensive information about frequency of testing and other related health issues will follow soon.”

While USC made a decision on the academic level, it still remains undecided on the status of its athletic program. Folt described that policies and protocols are still in development within the NCAA and Pac-12 at the moment.

“The Pac-12 Conference has allowed for voluntary in-person athletic workouts for all sports to commence on June 15; however, each school will determine how this works on their own campus. No decisions have been made here at USC yet,” Folt said.

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June 2nd

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Joint statement from Pac-12 athletic directors and conference

Related … “CU Buffs coaches, athletes show solidarity” … From the Daily Camera

... Related … “Arizona State’s Herm Edwards thinks America needs to huddle” … from ESPN

From the Pac-12 … Since the horrific and senseless death of George Floyd on May 25, we have all been struggling to come to terms with feelings of anger, frustration and an intense desire to find solutions to this latest, graphic testament to the injustice and racism that continues to exist in our society.

Now, more than ever, we need to find the strength to stand up and become active participants in being a part of the solution to end racism and discrimination of all kinds, and to hold ourselves accountable not only to saying the right things, but more importantly, doing the right things, to get us there.

The injustice before us is not just a problem facing African-Americans, nor a problem just facing minorities.  It is an American injustice, one that we all must own and all must address head on if we wish to create a more humane, more caring and more empathetic society – one free of racism for all us here today and for our children and their children.

The Pac-12 prides itself on our diversity, inclusiveness and commitment to social causes in our communities and our society as a whole.  Over the past days and in the coming days, weeks and months, we will continue to engage with our student-athletes, coaches and other members of our Pac-12 community to discuss how collectively we can take actions to help end racism and injustice.  We will also be hosting a number of forums with our student-athletes, moderated by thought-leaders in combatting racism, to discuss the issues of discrimination and injustice highlighted by this latest tragedy and to develop action plans.

As universities tasked with educating the next generation of leaders, we are in a unique position to be a part of the solution and to hold ourselves accountable.  And here is where we have great hope, and are united in our desire and in our resolve.

Oregon State: Severe budget cuts coming unless there is at least 50% capacity seating

… Note: About 22% of CU’s athletic budget (around $20 million of $90 million budget) comes from ticket sales … 

From The Oregonian … Among the myriad items on the computer desktop of Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes are Reser Stadium attendance models for the 2020 football season.

The coronavirus outbreak-impacted models for the seven-game home season range from no fans to every seat for sale, from an on-time start to the season to pushing games into December and 2021.

Barnes says he’s focused on a 45,000-seat stadium with 50% capacity and the possibility of playing games later in the year. The latter could give Oregon State a chance to sell tickets beyond a half-full Reser Stadium.

Anything less than 50% capacity may cause significant cuts to Oregon State’s 2020-21 athletic budget. Even at 50%, the outlook isn’t ideal.

The original budget for the upcoming year, kicking in July 1, was about $84 million. While the budget will be finalized sometime during the next 30 days, Barnes cautions that it could change again in the fall. It depends on football, which generates about 75 percent of the department’s revenue.

Barnes says they’re expecting a revenue reduction of “anywhere from $8 million and up,” depending on how many football games are played and tickets they can sell.

“At Oregon State that number, if it’s is $8 (million) or 10 or 12, is more significant, more dramatic for us because we have a smaller budget than most,” Barnes said. “The measures we take to mitigate those issues are going to be deeper and more severe.”

Barnes said any staff reductions and salary cuts for the upcoming budget will take place by July 1.

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Notre Dame/Navy moved from Ireland to Annapolis (for the first time ever)

From The Capital Gazette … The Navy-Notre Dame football game is coming to Annapolis for the first time since its founding almost a century ago.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will host the 94th meeting between the schools, marking the only time the Midshipmen have met the Fighting Irish on their home field, The Capital has learned.

The original location for the game, billed as the 2020 Aer Lingus College Football Classic, was scheduled Aug. 29 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, but obstacles surrounding travel amid the coronavirus pandemic forced the move back to the United States.

Navy will welcome Notre Dame to Annapolis over Labor Day weekend with the game being played Saturday or Sunday and televised nationally by ESPN or ABC, several sources close to the decision said.

Naval Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk was disappointed the game could not be played in Ireland, but said in a press release the health and safety of all involved was the highest priority. Gladchuk added there are still many unknowns surrounding the college football season as a whole.

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June 1st

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Pac-12 to introduce strict guidelines before allowing students to participate in workouts

From 247 Sports … The Pac-12 will introduce strict guidelines all of its member institutions must follow before allowing student-athletes to participate in voluntary workouts this month.

All student-athletes returning to campuses will be required to be tested for COVID-19 and will also undergo antibody testing, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott tells 247Sports. The Pac-12 had previously not made its plans public as it approaches a voluntary June 15 date allowing its 12 institutions to return to voluntary workouts for the first time since mid-March.

“We are going to have uniformity in the Pac-12,” Scott said. “We’ve got a very strong medical advisory committee made up of our team docs and trainers. But we’ve got seven or eight infectious disease experts that are associated with these great university hospitals and medical research centers. They have specialists in this area and the collaboration has been terrific.”

The Pac-12’s guidelines on testing are among the strongest in the country. No other Power 5 conference has yet announced uniform testing protocols for the novel coronavirus. Several schools outside the Pac-12 have announced they will not test student-athletes unless they show symptoms or travel from one of four hotspots identified by the Center for Disease Control: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Orleans.

The various approaches to testing (and not testing) has concerned many administrators across college athletics. Scott believes some uniformity is needed when the season begins, particularly before non-conference games. Discussions among conferences about game-day and game-week protocols are underway.

“That’s going to require a level of collaboration and agreement,” Scott said. “That is not always so easy in college sports but I think people realize the importance of it and I’m optimistic we’ll get there.”

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USA Today: Ranking the non-conference schedules (CU in at No. 15)

From the USA Today … Ranking the nonconference schedules of the 64 teams in the Power Five conferences:

From the Pac-12 … 

1. Southern California: Alabama in Arlington, Texas; New Mexico, Notre Dame. Crimson Tide and the Fighting Irish. You can always count on the Trojans to uphold college football pride.

5. Stanford: William & Mary, at Notre Dame, Brigham Young. When BYU is your marquee opponent, it’s not necessarily a great schedule. When BYU is your second-tier foe, it’s way above the curve.

7. Oregon: North Dakota State, Ohio State, Hawaii. Sneaky tough schedule, considering North Dakota State is the perennial FCS national champion.

15. Colorado: at Colorado State, Fresno State, at Texas A&M. Good for the Buffaloes — no FCS opponent, with two solid mid-majors joining the Aggies.

18. Washington: Michigan, Sacramento State, Utah State. The Wolverines in Seattle is a sight rarely seen.

26. Oregon State: at Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Portland State. Not a bad schedule for the Beavers, considering trips to Stillwater usually end poorly for visitors.

41. California: at Nevada-Las Vegas, TCU, Cal Poly. The Horned Frogs in Berkeley is a cool matchup.

43. Arizona: Hawaii, Portland State, at Texas Tech. UofA and Tech are old Border Conference opponents.

45. Washington State: at Utah State, Houston, Idaho. Both Utah State and UofH are solid mid-majors, but still, you’d like to see the Cougars play a Power Five opponent.

47. UCLA: New Mexico State, at Hawaii, at San Diego State. Strange. The Bruins annually play a great schedule, but this year, not a Power Five opponent.

49. Utah: Brigham Young, Montana State, at Wyoming. If BYU is your marquee opponent…

51. Arizona State: Northern Arizona, at Nevada-Las Vegas, Brigham Young. Another slate with BYU carrying the freight.

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44. Texas A&M: Abilene Christian, North Texas, Colorado, Fresno State. Aggies are the only team in America with four nonconference home games.

53. Nebraska: Central Michigan, South Dakota State, Cincinnati. Does anyone else get the feeling that the Cornhuskers have lost their pride?

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May 30th

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Mike Leach helped pick his successor at Washington State – “There are more similarities than people think”

From CBS Sports … On his way out the door at Washington State, Mike Leach helped pick his replacement. You shouldn’t have to be told that usually doesn’t happen during coaching searches. Usually, the departing coach is in the school plane to his next job before the ink is dry on the new contract.

But this is Wazzu, and that was Leach.

Before leaving for Mississippi State in January, Leach was asked by his former boss what he thought of Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich.

“Mike’s a good person,” Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said. “Even talking with him, we ran our candidate pool by him. When it got all said and done, he said it best: ‘Nick was the best short-term solution and the best long-term solution.'”

Rolovich was already on Chun’s radar. Operating on a shoestring budget in the islands, Rolovich went 28-27 in four seasons at Hawaii. Ten of those wins came in his last season. His offense — the Run and Shoot — will pretty much make for a seamless transition from Leach’s Air Raid.

Also, Rolovich fits like a glove at Washington State: He’s unconventional.

Wazzu has to be different to stand out. Pullman, Washington, is one of the most isolated campuses in the country. Chun ended up hiring the coach from the most isolated FBS campus in the country. Hawaii is almost 3,000 miles from Washington State.

“To be honest, there’s more similarities than people think on the surface,” Rolovich said. “The general care of the human next to you. There is an element of that that is very similar to Hawaii. That’s also Pullman. I like that. … There’s a safety feel to it. That’s not as easy to find in this country anymore.”

Chun basically exchanged one quirky coach for another. Mike Price may have put Washington State on the map. Leach may have taken it to the next level. Rolovich is the guy to capitalize. In a Pac-12 that refuses to produce a playoff contender lately, why not Wazzu?

They’ve already hired a decent human being. Rolovich is laid back enough to propose to his wife at an Irish bar on St. Patrick’s Day. “Murphy’s Bar & Grill. 2 Merchant Street in Honolulu. Great old building, even better proprietor.”

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Power Five Conferences ask Congress for immediate action on NIL legislation: “Time is of the essence”

From the Associated Press … The Power Five conference commissioners are asking Congress to move forward with federal legislation regarding compensation for college athletes.

The commissioners of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference sent a letter dated May 23 to congressional leaders. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter Friday. Stadium, the online sports network, first reported on the letter.

The letter was signed by John Swofford of the ACC, Bob Bowlsby of the Big 12, Kevin Warren of the Big Ten, Larry Scott of the Pac-12 and Greg Sankey of the SEC.

They encouraged federal lawmakers to not wait for the NCAA process to play out before passing a national law that would set parameters for college athletes to be compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses.

“I don’t think it’s indicative of anything other than our belief that the five of us bring substantial equity to college athletics and that our brands are strong,” Bowlsby said Friday during a conference call with reporters.

Last month, the NCAA’s Board of Governors signed off on recommendations that would make it permissible for college athletes to make money for personal endorsements, appearances and sponsorship deals that are currently against the rules. The board acted after California passed a law clearing the way for athlete compensation that takes effect in 2023; other states are moving to to have laws take effect earlier than that, including Florida.

The NCAA hopes to have legislative proposals crafted by November and ready to be voted on in January. Even with that, NCAA leaders have acknowledged the need for congressional help and a national standard that would ward off a wave of state-level NIL laws that are in the pipeline.

Some lawmakers are skeptical of the NCAA’s desire to place what it calls guardrails on a compensation model.

College sports leaders have been working for months to get their message to lawmakers about what they believe are the best solutions for athlete compensation, long a thorny issue for the NCAA and its model of amateurism.

The Power Five commissioners said the letter was to ensure lawmakers “hear directly from us, as any NIL changes will have the greatest impact upon the (five autonomy) conferences and our member institutions.”

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May 29th

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NCAA Releases “Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport”

Related … “Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport: Frequently Asked Questions” … from NCAA.com

From NCAA.com

Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport

The United States is currently using physical distancing and stay-at-home guidelines as the primary means of preventing the spread of COVID-19 — a highly contagious and virulent disease, especially for the elderly and for individuals with preexisting pulmonary and cardiovascular disease. COVID-19 has penetrated all 50 states, with variable rates of community infection, hospitalization and death. Because of the widespread nature of this disease presently, containment strategies such as testing, identification and isolation are neither practical nor efficacious.

Sport, as a microcosm of society, is similarly using physical distancing and stay-at-home policies as the primary means of preventing COVID-19 disease spread. Group practice and all sport competition have ceased.

Once COVID-19 infection rates diminish for at least two weeks, resocialization of society and sport may be possible. Importantly, there will not be a single day of reemerging into society as normal. Rather, resocialization must be rolled out in a stepwise manner that helps ensure sustained low infection spread coupled with the ability to rapidly diagnose and isolate new cases. Bear in mind that upward spikes in infection spread may cause resocialization efforts to halt or even retreat until infection spikes lower again.

Collegiate sports differ from professional sports because all collegiate athletes are first and foremost students. Thus, resocialization of collegiate sport must be grounded in resocialization of college campuses. As with society at large, such resocialization must be measured, nimble and based on sound science. In all instances, college athletics must operate with approval of school leadership, and the school must be operating in accordance with local and state public officials regarding a return to campus, return to practice and return to competition. In the end, school and governmental leadership determine who can participate in, assist with, and watch student-athlete practices and competition.

The recently released document, Guidelines — Opening Up America Again, provides national recommendations that allow a regional approach for resocialization. Three phases of resocialization are described, with each phase addressing those aspects of daily life for which restrictions remain appropriate due to COVID-19. The core principles outlined below are offered as a premise for resuming practice and competition at the collegiate level. They are meant to be consistent with the federal guidelines and otherwise reflective of the best available scientific and medical information available at the time. These core principles are intended as resources for member schools to use in coordination with the federal guidelines and related institutional and local governmental decision-making, all of which remain subject to further revision as available data and information in this space continues to emerge and evolve.

Core principles of resocialization of collegiate sport:

  1. There must not be directives at the national level that preclude resocialization.
  2. State and local authorities must have in place a plan for resocialization.
    1. In accordance with the federal guidelines, such a plan assumes the following state/local GATING CRITERIA have been satisfied:
      1. A downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period and a downward trajectory of COVID-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period.
      2. A downward trajectory of documented cases of COVID-19 within a 14-day period or a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percentage of total tests within a 14-day period.
      3. Hospitals can treat all patients without crisis care and there is a robust testing program in place for at-risk health care workers, including emerging antibody testing.
  3. There should be a plan in place at the university/college level for resocialization of students. In keeping with the federal guidelines, universities should consider guidance provided to employers to develop and implement appropriate policies regarding the following:
    1. Social distancing and protective equipment.
    2. Temperature checks.
    3. Testing and isolating.
    4. Sanitation.
    5. Use and disinfection of common and high-traffic areas.
    6. School business travel.
    7. Monitoring of the workforce for indicative symptoms and preventing symptomatic people from physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.
    8. Workforce contact tracing after an employee’s positive test for COVID-19.
  4. There must be a plan in place at the university/college level for resocialization of student-athletes within athletics. In keeping with the federal guidelines, athletics should practice the following:
    1. All student-athletes, athletics health care providers, coaches and athletics personnel should practice good hygiene.
    2. All student-athletes, athletics health care providers, coaches and athletics personnel should stay home if they feel sick.
    3. Guidance noted above for university employees should be in place within athletics.
  5. There must be adequate personal protective equipment for athletics health care providers, and there must be sanitizers to manage infection control in all shared athletics space.
  6. There must be the ability to assess immunity to COVID-19 at a regional and local level. This could include immunity at the college campus, plus a more focused assessment of herd immunity for athletics teams.
  7. There must be access to reliable, rapid diagnostic testing on any individual who is suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms.
  8. There must be in place a local surveillance system so that newly identified cases can be identified promptly and isolated, and their close contacts must be managed appropriately.
  9. There must be clearly identified and transparent risk analyses in place. Such risk analyses consider issues such as economics, education, restoration of society, and medical risk of sport participation, including COVID-19 infection and possible death.

Phase One:

In accordance with the federal guidelines, resocialization of sport for Phase One assumes the following:

  1. Gating criteria have been satisfied for a minimum of 14 days.
  2. Vulnerable student-athletes, athletics health care providers, coaches and athletics personnel should continue to shelter in place. Vulnerable populations include individuals with serious underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity and asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised, such as by chemotherapy.
  3. Those living in dorms and other residences where vulnerable individuals reside should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus back home, and appropriate isolating precautions should be taken.
  4. Physical distancing should continue.
  5. Gatherings of more than 10 people should be avoided unless precautionary measures of physical distancing and sanitization are in place.
  6. Gyms and common areas where student-athletes and staff are likely to congregate and interact, should remain closed unless strict distancing and sanitation protocols can be implemented.
  7. Virtual meetings should be encouraged whenever possible and feasible.
  8. Nonessential travel should be minimized, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding isolation after travel should be implemented.

Phase Two:

In accordance with the federal guidelines, if Phase One has been implemented successfully, with no evidence of a rebound, and gating criteria have been satisfied for a minimum of 14 days since the implementation of Phase One:

  1. Vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place.
  2. Awareness and proper isolating practices related to vulnerable individuals in residences should continue.
  3. Physical distancing should continue.
  4. Gatherings of more than 50 people should be avoided unless precautionary measures of physical distancing and sanitization are in place.
  5. Gyms and common areas where student-athletes and staff are likely to congregate and interact should remain closed, or appropriate distancing and sanitation protocols should be implemented.
  6. Virtual meetings should continue to be encouraged whenever possible and feasible.
  7. Nonessential travel may resume.

Phase Three:

In accordance with the federal guidelines, if Phase Two has been implemented successfully, with no evidence of a rebound, and gating criteria have been satisfied for a minimum of 14 days since the implementation of Phase Two:

  1. Vulnerable student-athletes, athletics health care providers, coaches and athletics personnel can resume in-person interactions, but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to settings where such distancing is not practical.
  2. Gyms and common areas where student-athletes and staff are likely to congregate and interact can reopen if appropriate sanitation protocols are implemented, but even low-risk populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.
  3. Unrestricted staffing may resume.

The transition from the above core principles to a relaxation of these principles can occur when COVID-19 can be managed in a manner like less virulent influenza strains. COVID-19 has essentially shut down society because it is highly contagious and has an unacceptably high death rate. More common strains of influenza do not close society because society has learned to adapt to and develop acceptable management strategies for influenza. For COVID-19, future phases are dependent on the successful development of widely available treatment, including prophylactic immunotherapy, coupled with widespread, effective vaccination.

USC quarterback J.T. Daniels transferring to Georgia

From ESPN … Georgia added a second transfer quarterback on Thursday with former USC starter JT Daniels announcing on social media that he’s joining the Bulldogs for this upcoming season.

After losing former starter Jake Fromm to the NFL draft, the Bulldogs added former Wake Forest starter Jamie Newman in January. Newman, a graduate transfer, will be eligible to play immediately.

Daniels, a redshirt sophomore, has three years of eligibility remaining after missing all but one game in 2019 because of a knee injury. He will have to obtain a waiver from the NCAA to compete this coming season for the Bulldogs.

Daniels, a native of Irvine, California, in 2018 became only the second true freshman quarterback to start an opener for the Trojans after graduating one year early from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. He threw for 2,887 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while completing 60.7% of his passes in 12 starts over two seasons at USC.

After Daniels suffered a knee injury in a 31-23 win over Fresno State in the 2019 opener, freshman Kedon Slovis took over the starting job and passed for 3,502 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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May 28th

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A 5-point plan to help make sure football comes back and stays back

From FootballScoop.com … Like we need air to breathe, we all need college football back. Once it’s back, we need it to stay back.

Fortunately, the coronavirus outbreak occurred at such a time where football teams were afforded time — time to wait, and time to learn. In reading studies of outbreaks from across the globe, these five points have emerged as common lesson points to avoid repeating others’ mistakes:

1. The way in which people breathe — especially when they’re working out — is extremely important.

2. Take advantage of space and open air whenever possible.

3. People working in close quarters for extended periods of time should be avoided at all costs.

4. Indoor team meetings should be avoided whenever possible, especially meetings where players raise their voices.

5. Buffet-style team meals should be avoided whenever possible.

To see how outbreaks elsewhere can become teaching points for college football programs — broken down by different touch points of the typical college football week — continue reading below.

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Strange but true stories: Oregon’s Autzen Stadium named after Oregon State grad

From ESPN … College football is a beautiful connection of sport and weird history. Using Mark Schlabach’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 assembled in February and some help from my colleagues, I’ve collected each team’s strangest historical fact.

Some of these are going to be more recent (and surprising) than others, but the variation is representative of how random college football is. At the very worst, you could use this list as a means to remind yourself of these teams’ past oddities once when we get back to college football.

From the Pac-12 … 

No. 6 Oregon … The Ducks started their football program playing at Hayward Field in 1919 and moved to their current home, Autzen Stadium, in 1967. The Ducks’ stadium took nine months to build after breaking ground and cost $2.3 million.

A $250,000 chunk of that was donated by the Autzen Foundation and Thomas E. Autzen, who graduated from Oregon in 1943. However, the stadium is named for Autzen’s father, Thomas J. Autzen, who was an alumnus of Oregon State.

The Ducks are 19-7-1 against the Beavers in Autzen, so at least there’s no curse to be concerned about there.

No. 21 USC … Ohio State’s band famously claims itself to be the best in the land, but USC has its own impressive accomplishments and accolades.

Fleetwood Mac invited the Trojan Marching Band to perform “Tusk” on its 12th album in 1979, which became the Trojans’ first platinum album. They earned a second when they appeared on the reunion album “The Dance” in 1997. No other collegiate band has accomplished such a feat.

For the record, no claims of who has the best band are being made here. I’m simply stating facts.

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No. 11 Texas A&M … The phrase “perfect season” is usually bestowed upon a team that has gone undefeated and secured a national championship. A reasonable person would never argue that LSU’s 2019 squad didn’t just have a perfect season. The Tigers steamrolled everybody they came across, and did it in style.

However, Texas A&M had a truly perfect season in 1919, going 10-0 while also not allowing a single point. The strange thing here is that the Aggies didn’t claim this title until 2012, when they also claimed the 1927 national championship as well as Big 12 titles in 1997 and 2010.

Don’t get it twisted, though. I’m pretty sure the 2019 LSU team would stomp A&M’s 1919 squad.

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May 27th

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Tipping point coming for Power Five to break away from NCAA?

From CBS Sports … University of Utah economist Ted Tatos was asked to consider whether the coronavirus could impact a second consecutive NCAA Tournament. While schools are eagerly anticipating a return of college football, let’s not forget how this historic moment in time began in the college sports world.

Despite the pandemic, the NCAA’s foundation has already been in question. But during these uncertain times, the association may be one more calamitous event away from slipping off a cliff of relevancy.

“If there’s no NCAA Tournament next year,” Tatos said. “… I think then there has to be a breakaway from this model.”

To put it more plainly, a separation of the Power Five conferences from the NCAA has long been possible. Those 65 schools, including independent Notre Dame, already exist as separate entities — financially, competitively and even corporately. But with the coronavirus ratcheting up the stakes, a tipping point may be at hand.

“I’m telling you, if you or I were going to place a bet on a stock … you could double down on the Power Five being a separate entity now within two years,” said Vince Thompson, founder and CEO of MELT, an Atlanta-based sports and entertainment marketing firm.

Basketball would be the tipping point here because it is the financial backbone of the NCAA. College athletics is experiencing what it’s like to be without March Madness for one year.

For now, Thompson — an Auburn graduate who has been a part of 16 Final Fours — is already forecasting an accelerated timeline for massive changes in college athletics due to the coronavirus.

“With or without a cure, you’re looking at forced modernization of the NCAA. It is going to be an accelerated seismic shift in college athletics,” he said. “The good Lord has a wicked sense of humor. It is forcing a lot of hands that even three months ago, [if] you and I would have had this conversation, we’d be laughing about it.”

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CU one of only three Pac-12 teams not playing an FCS team this fall

From FBSchedules.com … Of the 130 FBS programs coming into 2020, only 18 (or 14%) don’t have an FCS school scheduled this season.

The honor roll consists of ten members of Power 5 conferences, seven from a Group of 5 league, and one independent. Breaking it down further, it’s six from the Big Ten, three from the Pac-12, and two each from C-USA and the Mountain West. That leaves one representative a piece from the Big 12, American, MAC, and Sun Belt.

The ACC and SEC are the only conferences without a member playing an FCS-free schedule in 2020.

Though there are no guarantees, each of the teams listed here won’t have that one “for sure” win.

COLORADO

2020 non-conference schedule: at Colorado State, Fresno State, at Texas A&M

After playing an FCS foe consecutively from 2015-18, Colorado also took last season off from playing such an opponent. Moving forward, it has Northern Colorado slated for 2021, North Dakota State in 2024 and Colgate in 2027.

UCLA

2020 non-conference schedule: New Mexico State, at Hawaii, at San Diego State

The Bruins haven’t played an opponent that was considered a “non-major” at game time since 1954 when it opened with a 67-0 win over San Diego Navy. It currently has no plans to play an FCS program in the future.

USC

2020 non-conference schedule: vs. Alabama (at Arlington, Texas), New Mexico, Notre Dame

USC hasn’t played a “non-major” since 1952, when it, like the Bruins, hosted San Diego Navy. The Trojans escaped with a 20-6 victory, part of a 9-0 run that ended with a season-ending loss at (7) Notre Dame. They also don’t have any FCS opponents currently on the books.

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May 26th

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*It’s Happening – Pac-12 to allow voluntary workouts for all sports after June 15th*

Press release from the Pac-12 … The Pac-12 announced today that it will allow for voluntary in-person athletic workouts for all sports to commence on June 15, subject to the decision of each individual campus and where permissible by relevant governmental entities. The decision to update the Conference pandemic policy was made at a meeting of the Pac-12 CEO Group earlier today and follows the decision last week by the NCAA to permit conferences and schools to reopen for on-campus voluntary athletically related activities in all sports from June 1. The Pac-12 decision was informed by a comprehensive set of best practice guidelines and protocols established by the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee. The Medical Advisory Committee includes a cross-section of the world’s leading infectious disease experts, physicians, researchers and trainers connected to Pac-12 universities.

“As educational institutions, our highest obligation is to the health and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Pac-12 CEO Group Chair and University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano. “As we considered the pros and cons of taking steps that can pave a path to returning to play, those considerations were foremost, guided by the advice of our own medical experts along with public health officials.”

“The Pac-12 is committed to the well-being of our student-athletes, and the decision to allow for voluntary workouts, subject to a determination by each school, is guided by the advice of our medical experts and will be supported by the detailed protocols established by our medical advisory committee in concert with our campus’ own safety guidelines,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “As states have either already opened or begin to open up access to parks, gyms and other training facilities, student-athletes should have the option at this time to be in, what for many, will be a much safer environment on campus, where they can have access to the best available health, well-being and training support.”

The Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee guidelines and protocols, which are being continuously updated based on the best available medical data, cover the following areas in detail: (i) return to campus, (ii) return to athletic facility, (iii) facility specific considerations, (iv) return to exercise and (v) response to infection or presumed infection. This includes best practice recommendations in connection with testing, contact tracing, monitoring, social distancing, hygiene measures, food service, quarantine and education among others. Each university will develop its own health and safety plan consistent with the committee’s recommendations along with relevant state and local public health guidance.

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May 25th

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One option before fall: Play exhibition games before smaller crowds

From the San Jose Mercury News … Momentum for an on-time start to the college football season has accelerated dramatically as Pac-12 presidents make  plans to reopen the campuses, athletic directors receive encouraging projections about the availability of coronavirus testing and health officials gain a deeper understanding of infection and transmission trends.

So optimistic is the current outlook that discussions include the potential for spectators.

Just last week, Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke noted the “trend toward a limited-fan-engagement model” and Oregon State’s Scott Barnes revealed a scenario with 14,000 to 16,000 season-ticket holders in the stadium.

And that got us thinking here at the Hotline (which is either good or bad news):

Shouldn’t Pac-12 athletic departments make plans for a dry run?

Why not test those “limited-fan-engagement” models in advance?

After all, game day will be an unprecedented experience if fans are allowed inside.

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Reggie Bush on NIL payouts to players: “It’s going to destroy some people”

From CBS Sports … If anyone knows the consequences of paying college athletes, it’s Reggie Bush. The former USC running back had his Heisman Trophy stripped as the Trojans were hit with massive penalties after the NCAA determined Bush and his family received nearly $300,000 in impermissible benefits.

Of course, what Bush received during his time at USC would be allowed under potential new rules from the NCAA. In April, the NCAA Board of Governors supported a working group’s proposal that would permit athletes to cash in on their names, images and likenesses. The rules are expected to be written by Oct. 31 with a vote occurring no later than Jan. 31, 2021. Name, image and likeness rights would then be in effect for the 2021-22 athletic season.

For many, the weight of the NCAA’s support was a massive step in the right direction as it’s been clear for a while that some college athletes have enough name recognition to monetize their brand.

However, Bush expressed in an interview with Playboy.com that access to a sudden surge in money isn’t necessarily a good thing. Without a proper foundation and knowledge, that kind of cash can end up doing more harm. From the interview:

They’re about to start paying college athletes. This is something that has never been experienced before, and it’s going to destroy some people if their foundation is not in the right place.

The one thing I wish I had early in my career is proper financial knowledge. I hired good agents, and I hired a good team. But I allowed that good team to make decisions for me. I’m not saying I’m going bankrupt, but if I had the proper knowledge back then, some things would be different. People just assume, ‘Well, you got all this money, so you’re good.’ It’s actually the opposite. The more money you have, the more danger you’re in. Because now you’re a freaking open target for a lot of people. It’s a nasty world out there, and it’s about to get nastier. You’re going to really start to see the true colors of a lot of people, and a lot of businesses too. You’re going to see people doing some crazy stuff to make money, because our market is crashing.

Bush’s “mo’ money, mo’ problems” point of view isn’t uncharted when discussing this topic, and there’s merit to it. But that also doesn’t mean the door to free market value for college athletes shouldn’t be opened. (And, to be clear, at no point did Bush say athletes shouldn’t be allowed to capitalize on that value.)

Entering this uncharted collegiate territory will force schools to commit more resources to make sure athletes are better prepared for a new life of money management, perhaps in the form of mandatory classes, seminars or even additional staff members akin to tutors.

Stanford’s David Shaw: Still a “No” to the NFL

From YardBarker.com … David Shaw has been connected to NFL head coaching vacancies for years. He’ll likely continue to draw interest from pro teams, but the Stanford head coach tells Mike Tirico of NBC Sports that he’s staying on campus, via ProFootballTalk.com:

“Stanford’s not a place you just go through, do a good job and jump out of here. That’s not the way I see this job…I love being at Stanford because I get the brightest guys, I get the most competitive guys on and off the field. I still tell people I write more recommendations than any football coach in America for graduate school, for job opportunities. I’ve helped guys get to the point where they’re starting their own companies. That doesn’t happen on any other campus other than ours, so I love the energy. I love the passion. Not to mention we’re coming off a pretty darn good decade and ready to start the next decade on a high note also.”

Shaw, 48 in July, spent several years as an NFL assistant with the Eagles, Raiders and Ravens before going back to college in 2006 with the University of San Diego. In 2007, he joined the Stanford staff, and he was promoted to head coach in 2011. That’s where he’s been ever since, despite repeated head coaching inquiries from NFL clubs.

At Stanford, Shaw has enjoyed an 86-34 record, including a 58-22 mark in conference play. The national championship has eluded him, and his program is coming off a 4-8 season — his worst showing ever — but Shaw says he’s staying put.

Washington the most recent NFL club to try to pull Shaw back to the pros, expressing interest in him late last year before hiring Ron Rivera.

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May 24th

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Voluntary workouts: “Now, it’s up to the adults to screw it up”

From CBS Sports … Sweaty shorts and T-shirts never smelled so good.

When the NCAA Council voted Wednesday to allow college athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts as soon as June 1, it was symbolic at first.

Two months-plus of Zoom meetings, social distancing and both athletic and scholastic uncertainty have given way to optimism. With teammates suddenly able to begin talking shit again between bench presses, there is hope that the season might be just around the corner.

Baby steps, though. First up, actual human interaction in practice facilities all over the country. Just not too close, of course.

Are you ready for some … unorganized team activities?!

Now, it’s up to the adults not to screw it up. Not for the millions they make. It’s up to the college presidents, athletic directors, coaches and medical professionals to get this right. This is their moment, and all eyes are on them.

“Even without the pandemic, we’re about to enter the most revolutionary period in college athletics,” Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said. “College athletics is going to come out of this looking very differently. I think that’s kind of exciting.”

How different was summed up by West Virginia president Gordon Gee this week. With no coronavirus vaccine on the horizon and rapid testing still not completely widespread, he said, “we’re going to have to learn to dance with it.”

In other words, get ready to practice football — if not play it just yet — between coronavirus raindrops.

“We’ll have to learn how to co-exist with the virus,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “It’s going to be around like the chicken pox, like HIV. There are psychological aspects of it. Our society is not very confident right now. You wonder if people will be able to sit next to each other cheek by jowl [in a stadium] with people they don’t know.”

Is that the safest backdrop for an unpaid labor force that obviously wants to play but is relying on the judgment of others to protect them?

“People are losing their lives,” Ohio State AD Gene Smith said. “That’s just unsettling. For us to not to be touched by that … We gotta be as thoughtful about the human part of this thing.”

Exciting, thoughtful, revolutionary, all those things. With players headed back to workouts, it’s OK to be a little bit hyped.

Now, here’s how the future of football might look. A lot of it is going to be unfamiliar.

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Oregon governor will “make sure Ducks are not at a competitive disadvantage”

… Can you imagine a Colorado governor saying the same thing about CU? Dare to dream … 

From The Oregonian … Oregon Gov. Kate Brown may alter her executive order to allow college athletes in the state to return to on-campus gyms and fitness centers for voluntary activities, provided they otherwise meet other safety protocols.

The NCAA lifted its moratorium on voluntary, on-campus workouts starting June 1 for all college athletes and earlier Friday the SEC announced it would allow its athletes to resume those on-campus activities June 8 and the Big 12 announced it would do the same starting June 15. The Pac-12′s presidents and chancellors tabled a decision on its league moratorium until next week, but is expected to permit its athletes to return to campus in a similar timeline as its Power 5 conference peers.

However, while Brown’s executive order allows gyms and fitness centers to open in counties in Phase 1 of reopening, as Benton and Lane County both are, it does not apply to colleges and universities, which have to remain closed through the spring term, which ends June 13 at both Oregon and Oregon State.

“Anyone who has seen Governor Brown in the stands at a Ducks game knows she is a huge fan and supporter of Oregon athletes,” deputy communications director Charles Boyle said in a statement to The Oregonian/OregonLive. “She looks forward to watching them crush the competition in the Pac-12 and throughout the NCAA this season. We will make sure they are not at any competitive disadvantage due to the current situation. This is an incredibly difficult time for all Oregon’s athletes, from the professional level down to our youth sports teams, and we all want to see the day when Oregon’s college athletes can take the field again.

“The decisions our office makes regarding COVID-19 are being guided by science and health outcomes, and we are in active conversations with university leaders to determine what additional steps need to be taken so that on-campus facilities can reopen in a safe and secure fashion to protect the health and safety of athletes, coaches, and our university communities.”

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53 Replies to “Pac-12 Notes”

  1. Wilner TAKES CARE OF THE lost spring GAME w/ his inter-squad exhibition game proposal and it will, as he suggests, give each school a hands-on look at how to prepare for a limited crowd home game 2020 Football Season. I’m still in shock (from my March/April/Mindset) that I would even be typing words for a post about Fall College Football for 2020. Even at my age, there are still surprises!

  2. Stuart, You do know that Oregon’s governor Kate Brown is a CU grad. Of note she is as liberal a governor out there so it’s interesting how much she supports the Ducks.

    1. I did not know that Kate Brown was a CU grad … damn. I know that the “She looks forward to watching them crush the competition in the Pac-12” line was an attribution and not an actual quote, but … damn. It’s not like Colorado hasn’t had CU grads as governors, but I can’t remember a Colorado governor being so outspoken in favor of the Buffs … damn.

      1. Living in Oregon these past 25 years, I will say that Kate Brown is a fine governor. Just because someone is a Democrat, doesn’t mean that don’t love college football…

    2. Brown was elected by the people of Oregon to run the state Govt of Oregon so its not surprising at all. Heck I was even a fan of the Ducks during the Mariota years because their offense made them the most fun team in the entire country to watch. If nothing else maybe you should consider this as evidence that most political stereotyping is BS.

  3. Is Vegas taking odds on football being played this fall?

    Gonna be interesting to watch unfold.

    Population density seems to be a big piece of the conundrum.

    Go Buffs

    1. so far these appear to be the facts
      The virus is highly contagious (see the white house)
      There is no preventative vaccine or a a cure right now
      The death rate is 10 to 15 times that of the flu and there is evidence of permanent damage to other organs including the heart and kidneys.
      my opinion
      The reason there hasnt been 2 to 3 times the deaths by now is that people outside the major urban areas, and those inside who have escaped infection, have had some extra time to see what is happening and have been diligent with the masks and social distancing.
      I live in a rural area where there has only been a handful of cases, its easy to contact trace and we have ample testing. Of course there are about 25% of us who are knuckleheads and make it a point to talk in your face when you are wearing a mask. Kinda goes along with the political division.
      My take on opening up is go for it. It wont include me. The older I get (cue VK) the less I like being jostled by crowds. I havent been to a home game, with the exception of the spring game, for years.
      By now most individuals with 2 functioning synapses are aware of the risk and can make their own decision.
      Maybe enough will show up to make it worthwhile and maybe some of us will stay at home a little longer anyway.

      1. I’m with ya ep. we have been self quarantining in somerset for decades.

        Stop by your favorite brewery and get some beer to go.

        Go Buffs

      2. Why would the “experts” let us walk around for 1.5 months without masks if the virus was really that deadly and the masks were life savers? I know of no one who has the virus and I suspect many on this forum do not as well. Cant wait to be packed in Folsom shoulder to shoulder. Go Buffs!!

        1. yeah…you are right. The almost 100,00 deaths and the reports of besieged hospitals is all fake news and of course there really are no experts

  4. This just in. The PAC 12 will be cancelling the 2021, 2022 and 2023 seasons to protect players, staff and fans from the possibility of spreading Influenza B. There is great confidence of a season in 2024 but all contact sports will be no contact.

    1. And in an effort to make the PAC12 network viewable until the upcoming rights negotiations which will make it the richest conference (more than making up for all prior income disparities), they decide to replace all humans in all sports with puppies and kittens, thus also protecting humans from exercise and all sports injuries.

  5. This news that it is likely that some schools will compete and some not: won’t that just cause a lot of transfers? I mean, if my school is sacrificing my season while others get theirs, yikes! And add to it that being able to perform is critical to access to the nfl…. it seems it has to be all or none. Lots of collateral damage otherwise. Thoughts?

  6. Let schools that want to start practices early do it, if they want to be the test dummies for seeing how contact & practicing together, while monitoring players with testing (hopefully) actually works out.
    The other schools that choose to be more cautious can:
    a) Learn from those schools mistakes so when they do start they should have a better plan worked out.
    b) Avoid major problems if those early schools plans go bad & gauge if it’s even possible to begin practices.

    Either way (hopefully) our players will be safe & waiting a month or two to see how it works out may even become a benefit, what if one of the first teams that go back to practicing has a major breakout of the virus, how could that effect their roster?

    What if they find that the players are healthy enough that the whole team gets through it relatively OK? Then the extra time to recover before the fall may be an advantage, but if the opposite happens they could hurt their program more than they helped it by starting early.
    I’m OK with CU waiting to see what happens at those other schools.

  7. The NCAA can make all of the rules they want, like they did in the past, but here’s the difference: now the money is tangible to the players, and with that there is a clear way that the (with all due respect to Stuart) lawyers can be paid. I expect that every single rule and guideline that impedes someones ability to make money will be adjudicated.

    Here’s another practical issue: if I’m a football donor, where do I put my money? Do I “buy” autographed footballs from a recruit, knowing that donors at other schools are doing that? Or do I donate that money to the athletic department, knowing that it will pay for a fresh coat of paint in the training room, be siphoned off as university overhead, or something else that absolutely does not influence the quality of the players on the field? It’s a hypothetical question, but I’m pretty sure that I know what is going to happen.

    1. In my podcast interview with Rick George, I posed the hypothetical of a freshman Nebraska recruit coming to school on his first day, and being asked to head down to the local hardware store, where there is a line out the door of Husker fanatics willing to pay $10 for a poster; $10 for a signature; and $10 more for a picture, with the Husker freshman “earning” $1,500 before he has his first class or his first practice.
      All Rick could say was that they were looking into all of the different scenarios … not much more he could say, I’m afraid. It’s going to be the new normal, and CU is going to be left with the fuzzy end of the lollipop once again.

      1. Yeah, I listened to that one. By the way, your podcasts are really good. I love listening to Rick George because he gives a glimpse into what is going on. He is a very capable guy and I think he influences a lot more then is apparent.
        Rick George knows that this could turn into the wild west. The economics around these great “amateur” players is so far out of whack that the system is going to snap like a rubber band. It might be that the best thing that could happen is that some way is developed to funnel the 5 star level players directly to the NFL so that they can be compensated there and college football doesn’t have to deal with that kind of economic stress.

      2. Hey, I have been using your story as I talk about this issue with folks! One question. I saw the draft rules and it has a clause that the school nor the booster program can organize the payment. Do you feel it will be just worked around? I.e. if a group of businesses were to get together and organize this would they be considered boosters at that point? I think so but not sure and is this just a new place for schools willing to skirt the laws a place to do so. I did have one regret. I think those free autographs I have been getting at spring and fall games are going to dry up…. interested to hear your thoughts.

          1. That seems like the definition of a school helping the kids. Am I missing it? I would think that Nebraska could not “partner”. At best they could provide each kid contact information. Or is this the new normal? To be honest I think it would not take too much effort to set up a company that works like a mini agent for all kids in a program. Probably pretty profitable. Heck I would pay 100 bucks a year for a signed football, right now I get it for the cost of the football during spring and fall camp. But I have to go get the football, go down on the field after the game and stand in line. I think you could easily create a business model offering this sort of stuff. You would probably have to hustle a little more at CU than at Nebraska but if you got it done right I suspect you could get a reasonable amount. And that leaves the kids with about the same choice they had before. Very few kids were turning down Alabama or Nebraska or USC to come to CU unless they felt they could play more here. Practicing and not playing sucks. And at many of these schools you may get the basic default money for being on the team. But at CU you have a chance to be a star as a Freshman and start getting CU star money. Heck, the more I think about this the more I think there is a real bus8ness opportunity not just for the athletes but for someone taking 10% to do the hustle portion.

          2. Hi RobO, I have no idea how this is going to go. My guess is that “it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission” will be the approach of many. Especially since the NCAA has become so weak. The last time those guys dropped the hammer was (I believe) against Reggie Bush and USC. I could totally be wrong on that, but think of all of the crazy cheating that has come to light since then.

  8. Wind was howling outside the last 2 days so I coordinated my exercise session with the draft. The first round is a no brainer. Maybe not exactly in the order but certainly with the names. I think there might have been one surprise pick. The second round was way more entertaining. Before each team picked the tube would display “Mel’s best available over all and some positions based on what he thought the team needed. I was amused to see that the folks actually doing the selections agreed with him once in the entire round. I was annoyed by his best 4 or 5 WRs available because Viska was never mentioned. Of course Viska and the Jags made him look silly anyway. …or should I say sillier.
    And all that Bronco talk about replacing Boles was just hot air. Be interesting to see if they take a tackle today. Everyone seems to be in agreement Juedy is the next Rice/Irvin/Fitzgerald…..hopefully not Brown. Go Broncos.
    And what about the Patriot’s first pick? Some guy from one of those double name Div 3 schools no one has ever heard of until now. I need to go back and write down his name and see how he works out

  9. Well, if there are no fall sports, or even if they happen, this definitely shines a light on the revenue generated by the lights on the front porch of every university, and why they actually matter.

    That may be instructive for certain people, regents at CU, etc.

    Go Buffs

  10. Ai yi yi
    the Maestas article says it will be around the middle of the decade….I assume that means 5 more years….before the ol college sports money machine gets cranked up again. Makes me think that if the money thing hadn’t got out of control in the first place the damage by the virus wouldn’t have been so bad. The pendulum swings.
    Sounds like I better work on my Spanish and learn to play a musical instrument in those empty 3 hours a few times a week for the next 5 years. Will anyone really miss baseball with the exception of nap inducement?

  11. Apple might be huge boost to the Pac 12 Network sell them the whole damn network! The worst that could happen is that the PAC 12 will have the worst media rights deal, biggest joke of a network, weakest conference and highest paid director! Sheeit! No brainer for the conference of. champions of sports that nobody cares about. Maybe then CU will finally get an under water basket weaving team that can compete with China!

  12. Scott and others can say safety for student athletes this and student athletes that…Universities are not going to take that type of financial hit for something that looks to be less lethal than the common flu. ( I know, I know the social distancing saved us) I guarantee there will be a college football season starting on time in 2020. Enough with the insanity!!

  13. I just felt like I needed something new,” Young said in August 2019. “Everybody was saying … I matured. I feel like I blossomed into something different.”

    PASS
    Too many “I’s” in that comment.

    Buffs.

    Note: Daniels? Helicopter parents

  14. The WSU folks are really punishing themselves with that immense sacrifice
    move along, nothing to see here

  15. Costa Pacifica Tentative Tuesday Report: While the 1st of September is still a few months away, it might be of some interest, in light of yesterday’s announce by Governors Newsom (CA), Brown (OR) and Inslee (WA) of a coordinated response to reopening their states and restrictions on social distancing ALL Football and OTHER sports in their states are on hold until they say OK. Newsom and Inslee are already on record saying that even September seems rather tentative at best. That is 8 of the 12 in the PAC . This also includes ALL Pro Sports.

  16. So with Santa Clara officials stating there will be no football in their county until Thanksgiving, and if ( big IF) the PAC-12 says games will be played as scheduled, then will Stanford have to forfeit it’s home games? They could possibly convert those games to road games or try to negotiate with another college in the Bay Area to use their stadium for their games. Man o man what a mess.

  17. I always like to find a bio on some of these sports “writers” to see of they have anything in their history that might give them some real insight to their blather. The vast majority have none. I couldn’t even find a bio when I googled Fornelli so I guess he isn’t all that established.
    Going by his photo I can see why he used that metaphor. It screams middle school math teacher.
    He will hear from me when A&M fails “beginner’s algebra.”
    Even though A&M cranks out a lot of petroleum engineers I am willing to bet their players would fail horribly in class against the Buff players in real beginning algebra

    1. Jeez, I don’t know what that means for me as I struggled mightily in Frosh Algebra at CU. One teacher that I had was from India, and he had known Einstein quite well. I guess there was a real gap between Albert and me, even a greater gap then those Petro Eng. from Aggieland.

      There are so many young wannabe sportscasters, and writers attempting to make a living today, and most of them seem to come from the school that the way to make it is like Jim Rome did, the more outrageous the better, also many of them are really loud.

      1. Dang AZ frosh algebra isn’t much more than a rerun of 2nd year high school. Of course I may have used algebra twice in 40 ears in the normal course of events. For most of us the only math we need is enough to count our shekels.
        You are right about a lot of sports show hosts when it comes decibels. What is that? some sort of compensation? One guy I began to like after I listened to him a little more was Chris Childers. Maybe he is more enthusiastic than loud. Besides his take on things he also makes his show partner Neuheisel look like a stick in the mud. What happened to that free wheeling, guitar playing creek tubing guy that was in Boulder for a few years?

      2. And lots of shrill voices that talk so fast with poor enunciation it allows for extra swigs of beer.

        Most of ESPN is (and was before the virus) is un-listenable let alone watchable.

        Screaming heads.

        Buffs

  18. So the Aggies. I like the Aggies. Like the Mighty Buffs they bolted from being run by the shorthorns. I hope the have good teams the next couple of years. I hope we kick their asses..

    Buffs

    Here those SEC punks and their 8 conference games and 4 non con. It’s a chicken sheet conference. Course they win a lot in everything.

    So with all this crap going on and the aggie backass writer talking about the easy schedule I decided just to go look at the Buffs non con. As a reminder here it is.

    2020…………………..2021…………………..2022……………….2023
    @CSU………………..northern co…………..TCU………………@TCU
    Fresno………………..A&M…………………..@ AF…………………KNebraska
    @A&M………………..Minnesota……………@Minn…………….CSU

    _____________________________________________

    2024……………………….2025…………………2026…………………….2027

    North dakota s…………Georgia Tech……….@GT………………..Colgate
    @Knebraska…………….@Houston………….Houston…………..Northwestern
    @CSU………………………Missouri…………….@Northwestern….KSU

    _______________________________________________________

    Welp, the noncon ain’t an aggie schedule. It kinda does look like the schedule of old when the Buffs were a team “nobody wanted to play”

    I am looking forward to it.

    Nother Note:

    That frigging virus

    Taking daily
    vitamin
    A
    C
    D
    Zinc
    Iodine liquid (7 drops)

    Zinc and Iodine being the most important.
    Okay Be well Buffs

    Last note: If you gotta any of that Hydroxy stuff and wanna share let me know.

    1. Jeez VK. It sounds like you are running a pharmacy out of your house. If I hurry up to Boulder is the line long in front of your door, and what aisle in your house can I find toilet paper, paper towels, and kleenex? Do you have a limit on how many of those items I can buy.

      1. Yo,

        If I gave you the entire list of what I take each day you might thing I was as old as you. Ya know I’m gonna go make a list of em and post em. I gotta make a list cause I’m not really sure exactly what is in the cabinet by name. Memory. So ill have to make the list for ya. I just take 1 or 2 of each every day and well there ya go.

        Buffs

  19. Re: Above paragraph on Viska to the Broncos as 15th pick. It probably won’t happen, but watching the 49’er’s Deebo Samuel this year and the way they used him as a receiver but also incorporating him in an occasional running play certainly would be a great way to utilize Viska. When I watched the 9er’s this year and observed how they used Deebo in their offense I was thinking of Viska even back then.

    Hope he can stay healthy in the pros and have a great career and make all us Buff fans proud. I have said before though as a huge Cliff Branch fan it broke my heart that he spent all those great years after a wonderful career in Boulder with those Hated Raiders.

  20. Lets hear it for Jamie Pollard and his cooperating coaches. Finally a voice of sanity. Kinda doubt it will become a trend. Cant see the Alabamas and Ohio States of the world buying in. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Nebraska followed suit? Could I see myself thinking twice before mocking them?
    naaah

    1. “ Lets hear it for Jamie Pollard and his cooperating coaches. Finally a voice of sanity.”

      Couldn’t agree with you more, EP!

  21. can college coaches be layed off like the rest of us without getting million dollar buyouts? The system is broke and maybe this is the kind of shock we need to bring reality back to college sports. I for one hope so

    1. Interesting point/question. I am not a contract atty, but seems some act of god/force majeur clause could apply. Seems it would only apply to that season though, vs contract termination.

      I bet someone perusing here practices law in that area. I know stu’s A lawyer, but not in that specific area.

      Either way, it could be an opportunity to recalibrate, right?

      Go Buffs

  22. The Pres says this will all be over in 2 weeks. Others are saying no football of any kind this year. Logic would say it will play out somewhere in between. If it does go to no football that would be described as the biggest non-lethal disaster this country could face, the exception of course a crippling return of the great depression.
    A lethal disaster followed by a non lethal one (or 2)might create a seismic culture shift in this country. Where will he public’s attention turn with no sports, concerts or other shoulder to shoulder gatherings? Instead of predictions of scores it will be interesting to here predictions from sociologists and psychologists. I suppose you could include economists in that crowd too but we hear from them already and I’m not sure if most are any more accurate.

      1. I heard that.
        So I got curious about Stenstrom. Doesnt look like anyone has picked him up yet and most of the other portal qbs have new homes.

  23. Read the article pretty neat actually so

    Buffs lose in the first round to LSU
    Holers lose tool-

    But the best was this:

    West Region first down

    (2) Penn State 35, (15) Michigan State 17: It’s a made-for-TV first-round matchup between two Big Ten rivals and a rematch, no less, from the regular season. The Nittany Lions ride their experienced, bruising offensive line to take down Sparty for a second time in 2020 in a game that’s never really in doubt. Afterward, Michigan State first-year coach Mel Tucker shuts off his phone and doesn’t take any calls from other athletic directors.</b<

    Pretty funny ol Mel got shaded

    Buffs.

  24. Why does armpit Sean Miller (and the other scum coach at LSU) still have a job?
    Because AZ wont fire him until he starts losing a few more games with players he cant pay for.
    What is taking the NCAA so long ? Is their another kind of bidding war going on behind the scenes?
    Professional wrestling has more integrity. At least all the players and or “teams” there are on the same page.

    1. Agreed, how Miller and Self have kept their jobs is beyond me. The NCAA is joke. It took them no time to ban Jeremy Bloom but these blatant cheaters keep collecting their millions. Very hard to take them seriously.

  25. I smell desperation in the sports pundit fraternity. The 64 team football playoff? puleeeeze.
    I wouldnt buy one, but these guys would probably make more money marketing sports related board games.
    or
    with a lot more time off maybe they can travel around the country and do some real in depth research before they launch into their next “way too early.”
    (thats a joke)

  26. It’s all fun and games until the Nubs get a number 6 seed and then I smack my head and wonder why these pundits love the arseholes in red.