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.
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.
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Every time a conference commissioner or AD says they’re worried about a potential “path to the student-athletes becoming employees,” I roll my eyes so hard it temporarily shifts the earth off its axis by an inch or two. The student-athletes are already employees, they’re just being grossly underpaid.
I wonder if the same players feel safe going to class with students from other states.
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I wonder if the same players fee safe going to keg parties and gang-bangs. A majority of the players would really like to get rid of the requirement that they go to class. After all, “we ain’t come here to play school”. The big contradiction here isn’t the question of whether they are employees; the question is if they are actually students. Large numbers of these bozos are functionally illiterate.
Stop bashing frat boys like that. They’re people too.
Considering the MW conference had 10 players drafted… as a conference… I don’t think the vast majority of players have grand illusions of the sport being their future profession. (Read – most are there for an education)
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How many think, or at least hope, they are going to be one of those 10? Let’s be honest and admit that someone with a 2.7 High School GPA and an 830 SAT score (yes that would be considered “academically qualified” for D1 players) that is majoring in “Eligibility Studies” is not actually a student .
What does make a student? Considering 56% of “students” nationally drop out before completing a degree, are they students?
After they drop out? No they are no longer students. I would argue that someone is actually a student when they were admitted to the institution via their normal admissions process matching the institutions academic rigor. If you are in an institution where the average student has an SAT score 500 points higher than yours, you are not an actual student.
“The sides agreed to re-engage next week, the source said, with the conference officials promising to provide further information to the players on four areas…”
Well, the players got their meeting pretty quickly considering Scott tried to brush them off right from the start. With another meeting coming up next week. And some have also met with Cali’s gov.
That’s p.d.q. action for a group that didn’t exist a few weeks ago. It doesn’t appear their demands will be easily dismissed.
If you read the article, “re-engage” doesn’t mean “meet”. They’re going to talk some more.
Larry will stall as long as he can.