Following Pac-12’s decision to halt all sports for at least the rest of 2020, the unified group Pac-12 #WeAreUnited issued a statement in which they re-called for an innings. The athletes’ association for college athletes, criticized the conference handling Tuesday’s postponement and placing requests for athletes whose sport is suspended.
“Obviously the Pac-12 was not prepared to protect the safety of college athletes when dealing with COVID-19 and was unable to address the basic and essential safety needs posed by #WeAreUnited. out, “the group said in a statement, which criticized the meeting for lack of transparency in decision-making on Tuesday. “The failures of Pac-12 make it clear that the time has come to change. The system has been broken. College athletes deserve and need a real voice in the form of a player association. . “
While the Pac-12 athletes will wait until at least January before resuming their competitive activities, the team agreed to have listed three key requirements addressed by the conference leadership: maintaining thinking. sports, continued access to support (medical, academic, meals for those who stayed on campus) and made all sports-related activities optional until the uniform health and safety standards were specified throughout the conference.
Most of what the athletes asked for was addressed by Pac-12. However, it is not clear how well everything was communicated to the athletes.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said during a webinar to discuss conference postponement that the conference would strongly lobby to the NCAA for athletes to qualify if the conference could not. play one season in early 2021. After the NCAA canceled the 2020 spring sports, it granted eligibility to the affected athletes, but the decision honors that eligibility. It depends on the school.
A conference source confirmed with ESPN that it would continue to provide medical care, learning support services and athletes’ meals as before if there was a fall.
Although Pac-12 has made it clear that their athletes will keep their scholarships, Scott says decisions on how to support them without competitive activities will be made on a school-by-school basis. .
“They should be able to resume with the 20 hours allowed [each week]But I think all of our campus will have to go back and see what’s in the best interest of supporting them, “said Scott.
In addition to the requests, the team agreed to repeat their frustration with their perceptions of how the conference took communication seriously.
“During our dealings with the Pac-12 board, the college athletes’ rights were not taken seriously by the Conference board,” the statement said. “When we raised concerns about the lack of actionable health and safety missions during the conference as a prerequisite for a season, we ran into hostility.”
When asked about interactions with the Pac-12 unity team on Tuesday, Scott turned to Arizona sporting director Ray Anderson.
“We think it’s working,” Anderson said. “We’re listening to their concerns and so we’ll have follow-up conversations with them as the whole situation progresses.” “There are a lot of things we’ve solved and are talking about, and we’ll definitely come back.”
Also Tuesday, the Big Ten postponed all fall sports seasons, including soccer, amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the hope of playing in the spring. In response to the news, a Big Ten player told ESPN that “we are currently processing information and discussing what steps we will take in the future.”
ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren contributed to this report.