Back in business

I assume you’ve heard the news, but in case you haven’t, the NCAA did what it was expected to do yesterday.

“Voluntary” is doing a lot of work there, but in any case, we’re getting what we need to start back to a 2020 college football season.  The announcement was coupled with the usual caveat.

“We encourage each school to use its discretion to make the best decisions possible for football and basketball student-athletes within the appropriate re-socialization framework,” said council chair M. Grace Calhoun, the athletic director at Penn. “Allowing for voluntary athletics activity acknowledges that reopening our campuses will be an individual decision but should be based on advice from medical experts.”

Ain’t gonna lie — it’s exciting to get some normality back, or at least what passes for normality these days.  Just ask this guy.

My feelings can best be described as a hope for the best for all concerned, coupled with the realization there’s no way the decision makers have all the answers yet.

McGarity would not discuss specifics, other than to say that any return likely would come with many guidelines and restrictions.

“Strict adherence (of guidelines) and education for everyone associated with the program is going to be critical,” McGarity said. “Whenever we return, habits will have to change because our life has changed, thanks to the virus. We can’t ignore that and act like it’s business as usual. That probably won’t produce a good result.”

I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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5 responses to “Back in business

  1. Gaskilldawg

    Thd J. Reid’s Parker Director of Athletics says there likely would be restrictions and guidelines for those whose health and safety is the top concern?
    Shit, he should DEFINITELY have restrictions and guidelines ready for the athletes in place already. Maybe he has been bingewatching Netflix and was not in when all those medical advisors called.
    I am fine with schools having athletes back in the athletics building with proper restrictions and guidelines but our AD ought to have that part thought out already.

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  2. Paul

    And what are the restrictions and guidelines once a player or coach has tested positive? It will happen.

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    • HirsuteDawg

      I asked about the same question recently. What are the plans when a Georgia or Virginia player tests positive right after the game on Sept. 7th? Will the whole team (or teams) quarantine? Or just positive players? For how long?

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      • Macallanlover

        I think your question is fair, and significant. It isn’t being ignored, folks have just learned from politicians and leaders of other organizations that you are 100% certain to be made to look a fool if you open your mouth on any issue dealing with COVID-19. Has happened every time because people who should have waited until they knew what they were talking about had to pretend they were smart on this subject….they weren’t. Just flying by the seat of their pants and couldn’t bring themselves to say that; now they look like bigger fools. Sankey would be wise if he advised others to stay silent on the subject and not speculate.

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  3. ATL Dawg

    Students are not on campus due to summer semester being online only…but they’re bringing the unpaid labor back because they want them to get back to work.

    I hope the politicians go after this industry even harder now. This is ridiculous.

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