Barry Jackson: UM planning for football players' return to campus, staying flexible on fans at games
MIAMI — The Miami Hurricanes intend to play a full college football season this fall and are planning to start bringing players back to campus on a voluntary basis in June, with full-squad workouts by July, according to a UM source briefed on the situation.And even though UM president Julio Frenk said last week that fans “probably” will not be at Hurricanes games this season because of the coronavirus pandemic, Frenk was less adamant about that in his most recent public comments, and UM officials remain hopeful that at least some fans will be able to attend.The UM source cautioned that dates a...
Ben Frederickson: Pandemic pressure should force college sports world to rethink spending habits
Brian Smith saw the takedown coming, but few listened.Mizzou’s wrestling coach didn’t predict a pandemic was going to threaten the college sports world as we know it, but he did preach to his peers the danger of college wrestling programs being so reliant on the cash generated by their school’s football team.No, he’s not taking a victory lap now.“I just think the unfortunate thing is how the budgets are run,” Smith told Post-Dispatch Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter. “I don’t think most schools are putting money away in reserves for a rainy day. It’s kind of like people with their bank accounts....
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michael Cunningham: Player safety takes back seat as NCAA rushes to allow campus workouts
ATLANTA — Starting June 1, college football and basketball players will return to campus and get back to work as COVID-19 continues to spread (the SEC will allow it on June 8). The NCAA says the workouts are “voluntary” and must be initiated by athletes. But those words don’t mean much when there’s a power imbalance between players (who have little) and coaches (who have a lot).It’s clear what’s happening. College sports programs are facing enormous pressure to make money. They especially need football games in the fall for that goal. The NCAA’s decision to end the moratorium on athletic activ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
UCF athletic budget projects fans at football games during upcoming season
ORLANDO, Fla. — The UCF Athletics Association submitted a budget to the university based on the expectation it would be able to play football at some point during the 2020-21 academic year with fans in attendance.The chief financial officer who outlined the budget during a UCF board of trustees meeting Thursday noted it was an “optimistic viewpoint.”With the fan-related revenue factored in, UCF Athletics Association projected having $6,448,114 in year-end cash at the end of the 2021 fiscal year.The athletic department summary notes it includes the use of a $5 million line of credit to manage c...
Don't expect Detroit Lions to play in packed Ford Field, Gov. Whitmer says
The NFL may be planning for a “traditional” season this fall with stadiums full of fans, but chances are that won’t be the case for the Detroit Lions and other professional and college teams in the state.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a radio interview Tuesday that she does not expect to see capacity crowds at events this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.“There is reason to feel some confidence here,” Whitmer said in an interview on the “Mojo in the Morning Show” on WQKI-FM (95.5). “But we also have to measure (people’s) expectations and say life’s going to be different. We’re ...
Detroit Free Press
Chip Scoggins: Don't want Gophers to cut sports? Then buckle up for big changes.
Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle can’t talk about the effect of COVID-19 on his department’s financial health in concrete terms because he can’t see the finish line. He just knows things will be painful.Best-case scenario is a $14 million projected loss in revenue in 2020-21. The “moderate” scenario calculates a loss of $30 million if sports return in the fall without fans, or if there is a shortened season.Rhonda McFarland, chief financial officer of Gophers athletics, didn’t sugarcoat that scenario Friday when addressing the Board of Regents.“There are only a handful of athletic departme...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'It's about the NBA': Money isn't only incentive for top prep stars to pick G League over college
DETROIT — A few of the top high school basketball players in the country are forging a new route.Instead of attending college or traveling overseas, five-star prospects Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix are all entering the NBA’s G League professional pathway.The revamped developmental program will give elite players an opportunity to make money while solely majoring in basketball during the mandated one-year wait between high school graduation and NBA draft entry.The G League started its program in 2018 as a professional alternative for top prospects. But after it couldn’t lure top tal...
The Detroit News
Bob Wojnowski: In pandemic world, college football is the sport in real danger
DETROIT — Every day there’s a new idea, a far-fetched plan, an adjusted timetable. Every day there’s hope, followed by a sobering pause, followed by another plan.The path back during the pandemic is complicated for any business, and always subject to the shifting whims of the coronavirus. But from a pure coast-to-coast, cost-to-cost standpoint, the sports world is the puzzle that will be most difficult to solve. Some will discount the relative frivolousness of the games, but you can’t discount the importance to the economy, and that’s where it gets really complicated.Let’s squash one fanciful ...
The Detroit News
Michigan's Jim Harbaugh takes aim at NFL draft rules, other college football issues in 'open letter'
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has never been hesitant to challenge the rules that govern college athletics, particularly football. During this stay-at-home time during the COVID-19 pandemic, Harbaugh has designed three proposals that could re-shape the future for college football players by giving them more control over their careers.Among the proposals, Harbaugh suggests a player can declare for the NFL draft after any season. If he is not selected in the first 224 picks of the draft, he could choose to return to college with his eligibility intact or sign an NFL free-agent contract and move on...
The Detroit News
Mayor expects Dolphins, Canes games with small crowds or no crowds barring breakthrough
MIAMI — Whenever sporting events return to Miami amid the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t expect full or close-to-full stadiums and arenas. Not in the near future, and maybe not even for the rest of the calendar year barring the development of an effective antiviral drug or vaccine, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told the Miami Herald.“Knowing what we know today and not what we may know tomorrow, I don’t see that being real realistic,” Gimenez said Wednesday when asked about that possibility. “I see empty stadiums or I see sparse stadiums, let’s put it that way. Because there is no antiviral and the...