President Trump appears to be in favor of college football players wanting to play in the fall despite the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
Trump quoted tweeted, Clemson’s defender Trevor Lawrence, who made a statement on the matter on Sunday night.
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“The students-athletes have been working too hard to have their season canceled #WeWantToPlay,” Trump tweeted.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany also commented on the matter.
“I talked to the president at the Oval Office about that. He’d love to see college football continue their sport safely … so many of these college athletes work at all. life to get four years, or sometimes if they are. She says another year, they work their whole lives for the moment and he wants to see them have a chance to fulfill their dreams. “
Trump̵7;s tweet came as his gaze turned to the Big Ten when reports said Monday morning that presidents from 14 schools voted to cancel the season with a 12-2 vote. The Detroit press reports Nebraska and Iowa are the only two schools to vote in favor of playing football in the fall.
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Sports radio character Dan Patrick also reported that the Big Ten and Pac-12 are planning to cancel their season.
“Big 10 and Pac-12 will cancel their soccer seasons [Tuesday], ”Said Patrick. “ACC and Big 12 are on the fence. The SEC is trying to delay getting teams to join them. The SEC is reviewing exclusive TV contracts ”.
Patrick said the SEC may seek to include other schools.
“So can the SEC go alone and bring in other schools?” I said. “That’s the latest thing, they’re trying to buy time … to see if the ACC or the Big 12 will go with them.”
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However, Yahoo Sports reported that a Big Ten spokesman said no votes were held by school officials, continuing the confusion for the day.
Lawrence appears to be at the forefront of supporters of play this fall. He, Ohio State full-back Justin Fields and others tweeted a statement under the Power 5 conference logo – ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12 – with hashtags WeAreUnited and #WeWantToPlay. Their statement included a list of requirements to ensure the season was safe for all the students-athletes who decided they wanted to step onto the football field. “
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“We all want to play football this season,” the statement said. “Establishes collectively authorized health & safety procedures and procedures to protect college athletes against COVID-19 at all conferences throughout the NCAA. Give players the opportunity to opt out 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; eventually created the College Football Player Association [with] representation of players of all Power 5. conferences ”
Lawrence also tweeted separate messages about the upcoming season and why he thinks the student-athlete should come to play.
“People are more risky, if not more risky, if we don’t play. All players will be taken home in their community, where social isolation is difficult and medical care and costs will be placed on the family if they contract with covid19, ” wrote star defender.
“That’s not to mention players who come from situations that are not good for them / their future and have to come back to that. Football is a safe haven for many people. We are more susceptible to a virus in our everyday life than we do playing soccer. Having a season is also recommended –
“Players must be safe and take all appropriate precautions to try to avoid covid because the season / teammates are safe. Without the season, as we have seen, people would not move away from society or wear a mask and take the appropriate precautions. “
It is not clear what the Power 5 conferences are thinking about the 2020 season. Each conference has created a schedule in the conference so that teams limit travel in the country. The ACC even included Notre Dame in the scheduling process.
Sources told ESPN that the trustees met on Sunday to discuss the possibility of not playing football in the fall. In the end, however, no decision was made. The presidents of the Big Ten are said to be ready for college football and want to see if other conferences feel the same way.
The Central American Conference is the Rugby Division’s first conference to push fall sports in the spring.
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“Nobody is talking about the plan if the season is canceled,” West Virginia sporting director Shane Lyons, who is the chairman of the Football Supervisory Commission, told ESPN. “If it gets canceled, we need to be able to give a clear direction at the time, instead of saying, ‘We don’t know.’
Fox News Brooke Singman contributed to this report.