By forgoing the 2020 campaign, UConn’s athletes retain their year of eligibility. Meanwhile, football players remain enrolled in school and will continue to have access to services and facilities so as to remain on track academically despite the pigskin hiatus.
“I am supportive of this decision and know that it was made in conjunction with and in the best interest of our football student-athletes, University President Thomas Katsouleas said. “These young men love competing for UConn and our fans love cheering for them on Saturdays. But the associated health risks are too much to overcome […]
According to an email tweeted by Darren Rovell, the Raiders informed fans that there’d be no spectators at games during the first season at Allegiant Stadium during the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
Benjamin’s chances to make the season-opening roster appeared promising, particularly with wide receiver Deebo Samuel expected to miss part of the early season because of a broken foot he suffered in June. Benjamin is also an accomplished kick returner, which was notable with returner Richie James sidelined with a broken wrist he suffered in June.
The NFL, which is due to start September 10, has taken steps to limit COVID-19 risk and implement extensive testing and other protocols, as well as expecting that professional players will accept a degree of risk in order to play. College, though, is something different. Players are unpaid and they mix with a larger population.
We know their plan is to play only conference games, but we don’t know how many games will happen. Will the Big 10 have 10 games like the SEC or only nine like the Big 12?
The first inclination is to stick players on the field hours before games for spring-type fundamental drills, which is not that easy with COVID-related limits on how many hours they can spend at the field. You also exhaust your players with too much during a stretch of 26 games in 27 days.
Colts head coach Frank Reich announced on a video conference that defensive backs Rolan Milligan and Marvell Tell have elected to opt out of playing this season. They join linebacker Skai Moore as Colts players to make that decision.
Those players who are deemed to be at high risk for the virus can still earn $350,000 for the season, while the rest can still make $150,000. All players will accrue a year of service time, which will go towards their pensions.
The Southeastern Conference announced in mid-July that its players can opt out of the season if they had health concerns and they would not lose their scholarships — an action that was recommended by the league’s athletic directors and approved unanimously by the league’s presidents and chancellors.