Shannon Ryan: The Big Ten kicked off its long-awaited football season — but nothing about it felt the same
MADISON, Wis. — Inside and outside Camp Randall Stadium, the senses of the college football season were gone.Usually on Saturday afternoons, walking down State Street is like navigating herds of Times Square pedestrian traffic.But for Friday night’s long-awaited Big Ten season opener between Wisconsin and Illinois, small groups of college students, bundled up against chilly weather, tried to make the most of it — but the mass of people who usually descend upon Madison, Wis., were absent.Even the smell of grilled bratwurst in stadium parking lot tailgates was noticeably gone.A pre-pandemic digi...
Larry Stone: With no bubble in place, football season, college and NFL, in jeopardy with rising COVID rates
It was just a normal Saturday in the tense new world of college and pro football.The New England Patriots reopened their facilities after canceling Friday’s practice because of a positive COVID-19 test. The Jacksonville Jaguars closed their facilities after a practice squad player tested positive on Friday. The Denver Broncos traveled to face the Patriots without running backs coach Curtis Modkins, who tested positive for COVID on Saturday morning, and also without running back Melvin Gordon III, who had an illness that was feared to be COVID but now has been determined to be unrelated.Meanwhi...
The Seattle Times
UAE football season all set to start on October 8
Dubai: The 2020-21 domestic football season of the UAE is all set for kick off from October 8.The UAE Football Association (UAE FA) and the UAE Pro League announced late on Tuesday saying that the rescheduled season will kick-off with the opening rounds of the Arabian Gulf Cup on October 8.This will be followed by the preliminary qualifying matches of the UAE President’s Cup, meant only for Division One clubs, on October 9.“The decision comes after a series of coordination meetings with the competent authorities in the country,” the statement said.“The UAE Football Association and the UAE Pro ...
Shannon Ryan: The Big Ten will have to walk a dangerous tightrope to pull off a football season. And even if it trips up, will anyone care?
The Big Ten announced Wednesday that football will resume this fall. Let’s look at the state of life on those campuses.Ohio State suspended more than 200 students for partying before classes started, breaking COVID-19 restrictions. At least 342 cases at Michigan State prompted a health department recommendation for students to self-quarantine. Wisconsin students are in a two-week lockdown, and classes moved online.Northwestern decided conditions were too unsafe to allow freshmen and sophomores to live on campus. Penn State and Iowa are among the schools to report more than 1,000 cases.Knowing ...
A very different football season begins with familiar result: Clemson dominates Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — There were more cardboard cutouts than fans in the stands, the coin toss was done with social distancing in mind and coaches wore masks on the sidelines. It wasn’t an unfamiliar sight while playing sports during a pandemic.But once the football was kicked off and the game got underway, it played out just as the last couple of Wake Forest-Clemson games have — with the Tigers dominating.No. 1 Clemson pounded the Demon Deacons, 37-13, Saturday night at Truist Field in a game that was never really competitive.The Tigers led 24-0 at halftime and 37-3 late in the third quarter ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
BFA / UEFA Bounce Back Program – A Ruse or Reality
Ever since the local football season was cut short due to the coronavirus, local football supporters and players have been itching for a day when football can be played.Any hope of the league resuming or a new season were however dashed as a Botswana Football Association (BFA) research showed it would cost millions to play in the midst of the pandemic.However, with no end in sight and the BFA not having the necessary resources, many were already expressing concerns as to whether local football will return in the near future.This past week, there was a new flicker of hope as the BFA announced a...
Big Ten calls off football season. Penn State's James Franklin says he's looking at other options.
The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday that its presidents have canceled the 2020 football season with the hopes that an attempt could be made to play in the spring.Despite pushback from coaches such as Penn State’s James Franklin and players, the presidents opted against delaying their decision or considering beginning the 2020 season later in September.Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel broke the story. He had said in an earlier tweet that conference presidents talked about a hypothetical situation where football would be moved to the spring, but termed the discussion “contentious” because larger p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Report: Pac-12 Conference follows Big Ten in canceling fall football season
It’s over.For now.Eleven days after the Pac-12 Conference introduced a 10-game, conference-only fall football schedule for the 2020 season, that season has been postponed, according to a report by Stadium’s Brett McMurphy.The Big Ten also voted to postpone its fall sports season on Tuesday. The Mid-American and Mountain West Conferences opted to cancel their fall seasons in the last three days as well. The SEC, Big 12 and ACC are currently moving forward with a fall football season.The Pac-12 vote comes one day after the Pac-12 Medical Advisory Board presented a document to commissioner Larry ...
The Seattle Times
Sources: Big Ten expected to cancel football season; no games for Michigan, Michigan State in 2020
The Big Ten is expected to cancel the 2020 college football season in a historic move that stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, multiple people with knowledge of the decision told the Free Press.“It’s done,” one high-ranking source in the Big Ten said Monday afternoon.Sources said the presidents were in agreement Sunday to end fall sports in the conference. Michigan and Michigan State — which both have physicians as presidents — were among the schools in favor of ending the fall seasons, sources said.Multiple sources said early Monday morning that presidents voted 1...
Detroit Free Press
Illinois will test athletes daily in hopes of containing spread of coronavirus and kicking off football season
Illinois offensive tackle Alex Palczewski wore a mask and couldn’t hug his teammates, but he smiled as he talked about returning to the practice field Thursday after limited interaction for months amid COVID-19 restrictions.“We have to sacrifice a few months,” said Palczewski, a senior from Mount Prospect, Ill., whose mom is an intensive care unit nurse. “If at the end of the season, we’re Big Ten champs, it’s all worth it.”Illini players, coach Lovie Smith and athletic director Josh Whitman stressed during video conferences with reporters the importance of reducing the spread of the coronavir...