US President Donald Trump has backed calls led by defender Trevor Lawrence for college football season held amid rising coronavirus infections in the country.
The reports are widely suggested Big Ten is leaning towards Unplug into its fall sports season, with other Power 5 conferences – ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC – in discussions and possibly follow-up.
But Clemson’s star midfielder Lawrence posted a statement on behalf of the athletes asking for the season to unfold, with Trump joining the debate by quoting the tweet in response.
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He wrote: “The students-athletes worked too hard for their season to be canceled. # We want to play. “
“We want to play this season,”; read the players statement. “Establishes generally authorized health and safety procedures and procedures to protect college athletes against Covid-19 at all conferences throughout the NCAA.
“Give players a chance to decline and respect their decision. Eligibility guarantees whether player chooses to play seasonally or not.
“Use our voices to establish open communication and trust between players and officials.
“In the end let’s create a college football player association. Representing the players of all Power 5. conferences ”