Daily Archives: May 16, 2020

It just means more… screaming.

Yeah, I can see where this is heading.

The NCAA Division I Council, a 40-member decision-making body made up of key college athletics figures, could lift a nation-wide moratorium on on-campus summer activities, multiple sources told Sports Illustrated, creating a pathway for schools to welcome back their athletes as soon as June 1. The ban, triggered in March amid the coronavirus outbreak, expires May 31.

Council members have three options. They can keep campuses shutdown completely by extending the ban, an unlikely ruling, according to people knowledgeable about the discussions; they can open campuses for voluntary training (without coaching interaction); or they can grant required training (with staff interaction). Members are in somewhat agreement on allowing voluntary access…

… But many administrators are hoping the Council lifts the ban to allow required training, when players can have their normal summer activity maximum of eight hours per week—six with strength coaches and two with on-field coaches…

Many conferences are expected to meet soon to discuss conference-wide rulings on summer activity…

The SEC is farther along than most, as the league stretches across a region of the country reopening at a quick pace. Ten of the conference’s 11 footprint states have at least started a reopening plan. Kentucky, the only state lagging behind, is scheduled to begin opening retail businesses Wednesday and plans by May 25 to allow for gatherings of no more than 10. In at least a half-dozen SEC states, gyms are reopening, a point of contention among athletic administrators. In fact, at a handful of SEC schools, recreational facilities on campus will open June 1. “That’s happening a lot around the conference,” says one league athletic director. “If our kids can work out in the recreation center, why can’t we go to the facility? We feel like our facility is safer.”

Leave it to the SEC to gain a competitive advantage from a pandemic.  Hell, Saban probably had a couple of staffers gaming it out a while back.

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“… there are 12 teams with at least a 10 percent chance or greater to reach the College Football Playoff this season… “

… and Florida isn’t one of them.  Bummer.

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“This is a bad look for the Giants.”

This doesn’t sound like a particularly good look for Georgia, either.

“There was a battle in our building on whether we were going to take DeAndre or not,” a source privy to the Giants’ draft thinking told The Post, “because the story was he had to have his a– kicked every day to work hard at Georgia — to even go to practice. We knew that and we still drafted him, and from Day 1 it was like taking a guy in the first round that you had to teach nearly everything to.”

On the other hand, even with that, Kirby Smart still managed to kick DeAndre Baker’s ass all the way to a Thorpe Award.  Coaching!

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