Risk assessment

Maybe it takes a former player to say something like this.

In any event, well said, sir.

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UPDATE:  Weiszer has more here.

Team physician Fred Reifsteck, director of sports medicine Ron Courson and Smart have provided answers to players and theif families about returning to football workouts during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“There won’t be pressure to work out, to go do this extra,” Smart said during a Zoom video session with reporters. “Kids got to voluntarily do it. If a guy doesn’t feel comfortable or if a guy has a fever or a guy feels sick, we don’t want him to come in. We don’t want him to put himself in jeopardy and we’ve got to convey that.”

… If a player tests positive, he will have the option of returning home or can be quarantined in Athens for an unspecified period of time.

“We’ve also got the ability if it happens during the workout period, then we’ll have contact tracing,” Smart said. “Guys that have worked out together, those groups will stay the same, and we’ll be aware of those guys. So Ron and his guys have a lot of things in place.”

“I know from a Georgia perspective, every decision we’re making on the return to sport is the safety and health and well-being. There won’t be pressure to work out, to go do this extra. Kids got to voluntarily do it. If a guy doesn’t feel comfortable or if a guy has a fever or a guy feels sick, we don’t want him to come in. We don’t want him to put himself in jeopardy and we’ve got to convey that.”

Smart said some of his players — many who will go on to play in the NFL and were rated among the top rated recruits out of high school— “feel like they’re not vulnerable because of what they’ve heard, because they think they have superpowers.”

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4 responses to “Risk assessment

  1. FrozenDawg

    Totally agree…I think we sometimes lose the perspective of how much CKS genuinely loves his players, staff, and his alma mater. There is no doubt in my mind that his authenticity shines through in recruiting and coaching. And even though we’re going through rough, uncharted waters this season; I take great comfort in knowing Kirby is at the helm.

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  2. Cojones

    Way to go Kirby and staff! You are a microcosm of the way all in society should approach this virus and all of you are leaders that could show the Governor and many other leaders a thing or two.

    Y’all are convincing this old fart that you stand a better chance than most of pulling a season off. Now, if the teams we are to play could just follow your lead… .

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  3. WIll (the other one)

    This also gets to why I’m leaning more on “college coaches aren’t going to keep a sick player secret during the season” being the likelier outcome: these coaches know they have to keep recruiting, and I can’t imagine more turning off momma and daddy from a school than a player coming down with COVID-19 on that coach’s watch and the coach hid it or didn’t do everything to prevent it.

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  4. Jeremiah Stevens

    When Coach Richt got fired, I knew it was time for a change, but I still doubted that I would grow to love any other coach as much as I did CMR. Kirby’s proving me wrong and stealing my heart, one straight-shooting, reasonable, level-headed answer at a time.

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