Now that the Pac 12

has decided to drop fall sports, I think it’s going to be very hard for the remaining P5 to play. Whether we think its the right decision or the wrong one, it’s going to be hard for other teams to play. All it will take is one serious covid illness or death & the fallout will be awful.

Assuming Greg Sankey is giving us accurate info and the SEC medical advisors are indeed okay with proceeding, I think he’s going to keep going until they’re not. Which in the current climate could be tomorrow night, and certainly could be before Sept. 26.

And I’m fine with that. Like I said in another thread, there are ways to keep the players reasonably safe if they isolated from the rest of the student body & stay in something of a bubble. I’m sure there are less draconian ways to keep the players safe, but the more freedom they have, the more likely some of them will get infected. If one or two catch it, it’s hard to imagine it not spreading during practice & games.

Doesn’t sound like you live in SC, GA, Fla, or Bama… I don’t see those governors budging much.

This has nothing to do with governors. Governors didn’t shut down the Big Ten or the Pac 12. The medical advice they got did.

I’m curious, has the PAC 12 or the BIG 10 shutdown their campuses or in person learning?
I would like to know how or if the Universities liability concerns over Covid-19 cases on their campuses decrease by cutting athletics while continuing in person learning?

It’s on a school by school basis. USCw will have only 10-20 percent of its classes in person this fall; the rest are online. Cal-Berkeley is going completely online. Washington is also about 80% online

Only students not on-line in California would be classes not practical to do on line like labs, etc.

I will find it to be very informative to see the percentage results of confirmed Covid-19 cases and how they will differ when we look back at the Universities that opt out of Fall Sports and those that may not while all will have some form of on campus classes and residents.
I realize that some of these Universities are making decisions based on what they feel is in the best interest of their students health and well being while also probably trying to lessen the possibility of liability. I’m not convinced at this time that shutting down Fall Sports will have that much impact on reducing case numbers if students are on campus, they will gather together and I don’t believe there is any doubt about that.

I agree. If students are on campus, they’re going to gather together. At least a whole lot of them will.

The point that I’m trying to make is that if these University Presidents are so concerned about the outbreak of Covid-19 cases in the Fall semester that they feel it necessary to cancel all Fall Sports then why do they not feel the same concern for the entirety of its students, faculty and campus workers by opening their Universities at all for the Fall semester. It doesn’t make sense to me.
IMO, these decisions may be an act in futility.

Most universities will move to online only very soon, in my opinion.

Like everyone else, university chancellors & administrators are learning & listening to legal & medical advice. A couple of months ago we were hopeful the the virus would subside & make on-campus Fall semester a possibility. The ability of campuses to successfully open & to remain open, will determine whether Fall sports is possible. That may in part be why the start of football was pushed back to 9/26.

With high school COVID numbers already surging as they reopen, colleges will likely revert to off-campus remote. Unfortunately that will result in staff layoffs & furloughs as universities try to balance their budgets.

This is likely where we are headed. I would postpone that decision as much as possible, exactly what SEC has done, in hopes it turns out better than feared.

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