Welp, the players and Pac-12 leadership met and it went about as well as you might expect.
The players, who have threatened to boycott the season unless a series of demands are met, raised the issue of sharing 50 percent of the football revenue — the most controversial of their demands.
Representatives of the conference responded that such an arrangement was “not something the schools were supportive of” because it would create a “path to the student athletes becoming employees.”
Funny way of saying “we don’t wanna”.
No follow-up meeting was scheduled.
Larry’s still working the stall, but he wants the kids to know his heart is in the right place.
Meanwhile, in the mid-majors…
Football players from the Mountain West Conference on Thursday became the latest group to unite and publicize a list of conditions to ensure their health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mountain West players followed similar groups from the Pac-12 and Big Ten in outlining their demands. They began posting a graphic Thursday night on Twitter with the hashtag #MWUnited.
The players praised their coaches for adjusting to the pandemic, but said they “do not feel comfortable playing teams from other states.”
“It is difficult to believe that hundreds of 17 to 22-year-old college students are capable of social-distancing effectively enough to travel state-to-state for 10 weeks,” the players’ statement reads.
A player told ESPN that #MWUnited includes more than 300 Mountain West players and came together through a group message in only one day.
Gosh, for some reason, lots of players are skeptical of that whole your-health-is-our-number-one-concern shtick. I wonder why.