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  • Three more Tennessee Titans test positive for Covid-19 bringing the total to eight, as of this morning.

    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...ek-source-says

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    • Originally posted by crixus View Post
      Three more Tennessee Titans test positive for Covid-19 bringing the total to eight, as of this morning.

      https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...ek-source-says
      Not that the Titans are serious contenders for anything much beyond the AFC South, but what happens if they can't suit up for another game this season ? Can they be considered for post season play if their final record is 10-5 or 9-6 ?

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      • Cops kick out entire student section at SMU for not wearing masks.

        https://www.cbssports.com/college-fo...tancing-rules/

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        • Kansas City Chiefs have a potential Covid-19 problem too, backup QB tests positive.

          https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/c...s-rescheduled/

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          • Originally posted by laker View Post

            Only two miles from Michigan Tech!
            Nice!

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            • Why Cutting College Sports Programs Is A Bad Idea – Especially Now

              The sports media has been covering announcements of colleges and universities dropping sports, especially since the advent of the Covid-19 epidemic. However, the public does not realize that higher education institutions drop and add sports on a regular basis every year and that these program changes vary by competitive division. Since March, only 48 or four percent of the NCAA’s 1,091 member institutions dropped sports while 31 or three percent added sports. There is no epidemic of dropped sports.

              That being said, schools that do drop sports tempt the worst of fates – bad press, angry donors and the threat of lawsuits. Few athletic directors who have presided over the campus and alumni reaction to such decisions, recommend ever doing so again. Every alumnus who ever played the cut sport appears to materialize from the proverbial woodwork to take the institution’s name in vain. Local media begins months long coverage of alumni unhappiness, with every interviewed fan and graduate echoing the common refrain that the institution will not receive another contribution from the outraged. Current and former trustees or members of the Board of Regents, and in the case of public institutions, members of the legislature, are bombarded with calls which in turn generate incredible pressure on the college or university president and athletic director. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests uncover every internal email, text message and document involved in the decision-making process. Among sports with wealthy alumni, come offers to underwrite the sport – although dollars mentioned never approach full endowment of the team for the foreseeable future.

              If a women’s sport is among the sports being cut, the threat of a Title IX lawsuit is almost always eminent because 80 to 90 percent of all NCAA member institution are still not in compliance with this federal gender equity law 45 years after its athletics regulations went into effect. Indeed, 33 of the 48 NCAA schools that dropped sports since March of this year, dropped women’s sports. The legal eagles have already begun announcing their intentions and lining up on the runways.

              Amazingly, NCAA Division I schools that sponsor the richest and most competitive athletic programs, those that most depend on the generosity of wealthy alumni, are more likely than Division II and III institutions to arrogantly tread into the maelstrom. Division II and III schools are somewhat smarter because they realize that athletics recruiting is key to meeting student enrollment goals and their athletes are paying a significant portion of their tuitions and required fees. Few Division II athletes are on full scholarship and Division III prohibits athletic scholarships — so they or their families are picking up most or all of the cost of their educations. Or, more accurately described, most Division II and III athletes, like their student peers, are leaving college with astronomical student debt. Division II and III colleges and universities recognize that their coaches are productive admissions recruiters.

              None of these Division II and III institutions generate significant television revenues or gate receipts. One hundred percent of these athletic budgets are heavily subsidized by institutional general funds (tuition dollars from all students) and many include mandatory student activity fees, again paid by all students, a substantial portion of which is dedicated to the athletic program. And, backstopping these student generated subsidies is their federal government financier - $130 billion annually in federal Higher Education Act loans and grants.

              So why have Division I institutions dropped sports at twice the rate of Division II schools and eight times the rate of Division III schools during the last seven months and risked Title IX scrutiny by including 34 women’s teams among the 92 teams cut? First, the Department of Education is not enforcing Title IX and they know it. Second, ten years ago the NCAA got rid of their Division I certification program, which included embarrassing Title IX assessments. Third, there is no NCAA rule that requires members to be in compliance with Title IX. Fourth, schools figure they have enough institutional insurance to withstand any individual Title IX lawsuit. Fifth, schools were caught with their financial pants down, spending whatever was necessary to keep up with the basketball and football arms race and betting the television rights fees oil well would never run dry. There was no rainy day fund to meet the economic challenge of the pandemic. Athletic directors thanked their lucky stars there was no college players association or any collective bargaining agreement to stop them from sacrificing players to Covid when it became apparent that some television rights fees could be redeemed if they could manage to conduct some of the fall football season. Sixth, they used Covid as the convenient excuse and smokescreen to justify the sacrifice of non-revenue sports that they have wanted to drop for years so they could redirect those budget dollars back to football and basketball. The public is unaware that the cuts are merely a show. Schools are not spending significant sums on these teams. But the cuts have been an effective distraction from the unwillingness of athletics administrators and college presidents to tackle the big money line items in football and basketball – salaries, benefits, bonuses, lavish recruiting and facilities expenses. Tempting fate and alumni angst appear to be preferable alternatives to giving up six and seven figure coach and athletic administrator salaries and being forced into a dramatic reset of the college sports model.

              But the current unsustainable college sports model is not out of the woods yet. The unethical effort to have college athletes sign waivers of liability protecting institutions from Covid-related lawsuits attracted the attention of Congress. For the first time, parents of Division I college athletes are organizing to stand up for their children. Congress has now been educated about how its $130 billion in annual Higher Education Act support is being funneled into athletic program subsidies. The NCAA and athletic directors have been crying to Congress, fortunately to deaf ears, about how harmful it would be to allow college athletes to market their own names, images, and likenesses. College athletes are organizing by conference to make their voices heard. U.S. Representatives Donna Shalala and Ross Spano filed a bill (H.R. 5528) to establish a Congressional Commission to undertake a two-year study on the need for intercollegiate athletics reform. Ten U.S. senators have signed onto an athletes’ bill of rights statement, promising legislation to follow by the end of the year. There may very well be a steeper price to pay for college athletics’ loss of its moral compass.

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              • Former Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden tests positive for Covid-19. The Hall of Famer is 90 years old.

                https://sports.yahoo.com/legendary-f...153543408.html

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                • Arizona Wildcats Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin tests positive for Covid-19.

                  https://sports.yahoo.com/arizona-hea...184447151.html

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                  • Two D2 conferences- the GNAC & the CIAA- have cancelled spring football seasons.

                    https://footballscoop.com/news/two-c...-2021-seasons/

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                    • I'd expect no less from the Raiders. And that's not a compliment.

                      https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/r...st-per-report/

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                      • File this one under selfishness. Follow the freakin' protocol like everyone else!

                        https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/t...ak-per-report/

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                        • Originally posted by crixus View Post
                          I'd expect no less from the Raiders. And that's not a compliment.

                          https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/r...st-per-report/
                          I'd say bench them for a while. If they can't be a team player off the field, how can the coaching staff expect them to be team oriented on the field?

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                          • Kansas Coach Les Miles tested positive for Covid-19. As if taking the Jayhawks football job wasn't hard enough.

                            https://www.espn.com/college-footbal...itive-covid-19
                            Last edited by crixus; 10-08-2020, 01:45 PM.

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                            • America's #1 Prep tournament, the City of Palms Basketball Classic cancelled due to Covid-19.

                              https://twitter.com/cityofpalms1/sta...77769038843905

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                              • The New York Jets (entire team) have been sent home due to positive Covid-19 tests.

                                https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/...-covid-19-test

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