There’s no MACtion.

All those guarantee game cancellations killed these guys.

On the bright side, there might be some fun football to watch this spring.

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UPDATE:  Teetering on the brink?

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43 responses to “There’s no MACtion.

  1. I don’t ever see myself watching one of these XFL iterations in the spring. I would absolutely watch the heck out of some MACtion tho, and even FCS.

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    • Russ

      Yeah, I love Tuesday night MACtion! Games are competitive, usually well played, and almost always wacky in some way.

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  2. TN Dawg

    It would appear much of college football is not awash in huge piles of cash as the exploited-student-athlete narrative insists.

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  3. Biggen

    So if they don’t have money to play in the Fall why would they magically have it to play in the Spring? Those guaranteed payday games would still be cancelled.

    What am I missing here?

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    • I did have this same thought. If the financial piece played into it at all (and we know it did), a spring season doesn’t make sense either, unless TV was willing to give them a one-time bump in payout money.

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  4. oneofthepostersknownasmark

    “Spring football” has an entirely different connotation to me.

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  5. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    I hope they can do this, but from a health and safety standpoint, “for the kids,” I don’t know how anyone can justify a spring football season unless they switch it to spring every year. To ask the players to play the 10-12 games from February though May and then have them turn around and play a full slate of 12 games starting in September seems unconscionable to me.

    Their bodies need to rest. I worry about a large increase in player injury from a Spring to a Fall season.

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  6. spur21

    I guess the thought is Covid will be in the rear view mirror come spring. Unless there is a breakthrough in treatment and or a viable vaccine I think Covid will be with us well past spring.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      That’s kinda been my point, and it is possible we may never have that silver bullet. There are other coronaviruses that have no vaccine. We need to take a long, hard look and learn to live with it. Simple odds are, it’s more likely we reach herd immunity before a vaccine is developed.

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      • To have herd immunity and protect lots of people from disease, a very high percentage of people in any one area need to be vaccinated. This is called the threshold.

        No vaccination = herd immunity impossible.

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          • Well then, you are employing improper terminplogy. You choose.

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            • gurkhadawg

              Herd immunity can be achieved by vaccine, recovery from a disease or a combination. A vaccine is not essential.

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              • … so it’s cool to just go ahead and catch the thing to offer up your “precious bodily fluids” for the cause?

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              • Why is getting infected with SARS-CoV-2 to “get it over with” not a good idea?

                With some other diseases, such as chickenpox before the varicella vaccine was developed, people sometimes exposed themselves intentionally as a way of achieving immunity. For less severe diseases, this approach might be reasonable. But the situation for SARS-CoV-2 is very different: COVID-19 carries a much higher risk of severe disease and even death.

                The death rate for COVID-19 is unknown, but current data suggest it is 10 times higher than for the flu. It’s higher still among vulnerable groups like the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Even if the same number of people ultimately get infected with SARS-CoV-2, it’s best to space those infections over time to avoid overwhelming our doctors and hospitals. Quicker is not always better, as we have seen in previous epidemics with high mortality rates, such as the 1918 Flu pandemic.

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                • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

                  These numbers as far as mortality rate are a combination of way off and purposefully vague because they’re meant to hide that the virus is only deadly to a specific subset of people. “Ten-times more deadly than the flu” is patently not true, because that statement doesn’t take into account any kind of context. Also, every single respiratory illness carries with it the possibility of further defects or future respiratory or cardiovascular issues. Continuing to state this as an issue with covid-19 without that caveat seems to be done purposefully to deceive. Depending on age or other variables or even blind stupid luck, one could get a symptomatically mild case of pneumonia that leaves them with reduced lung functionality. It happens. So why do some behave as though this virus has superpowers others don’t?

                  Knowledge is power, which is why so many people work to suppress the truth. We cannot live paralyzed waiting for an unknown time in the future to make decisions. We need to make decisions now based on available data. That’s the long and short of it. Go where the information takes you. Make decisions, and if the data changes, then change the decisions. To be catatonic with fear will only continue to harm society overall, especially because no, covid-19 is not in any way “ten times more deadly than the flu” for the vast majority of humanity.

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      • Russ

        I think herd immunity plus better treatments. Seems like the treatments are getting better/more effective. And I also agree that a vaccine may not be found.

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  7. Derek

    Conferences with big TV contracts?

    We can play and keep the kids safe.

    Conferences without big TV contracts?

    It would be too risky to play.

    Small schools that have games with teams that haven’t cancelled non-conference games?

    We’ll play if you write the check.

    At least all the decisions are based on this most important of facts:

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  8. Another answer to the small school question. Next!

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  9. afkaasef

    I wonder if the #united outbreaks are pushing a lot of admins over the line on the uncertainty front.

    Correlation =\= Causation, but the two major conferences mentioned are the two with a majority of players on record about concerns.

    Oh well.

    As David Hale notes, an SEC only season means 13 SEC teams in the top 14. Sorry, Arkansas.

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  10. JaxDawg

    How about instead of a normal spring game scrimmage, the Power 5 teams play a couple of mid-majors in the spring. Pay them something close to what they get for fall matchups, and reserve fall ball for all conference and P5 matchups. A more interesting spring, and a more interesting fall. I could live with that on an ongoing basis.

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  11. argondawg

    I honestly think if you cancel the football season the players are more likely to just hangout like the rest of the student body. Why follow a strict regimen if you aren’t playing for the next 12 months. I think inside the preparations for a season is a much better motivator than “maybe some time in 2021.” P5 athletes are under a much stronger umbrella but tell me at 20 that I’m not playing for at least 7 or 8 months then I go back to doing what regular young people do.

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    • junkyardawg41

      Expanding on to your point, I wonder how many are not going to go back to football. Students who take a year off are more likely to walk away from school altogether than come back.

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      • That’s one of the things ive have been throwing out. Realizing that maybe you don’t have to go through all that hell and losing your battle rhythm you may just say screw it. And if there some attempt at Spring football a whole bunch of people might say screw it.

        Lot of restructuring potentially

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        • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

          The next shoe to drop before the leagues who want to play 10 games in the Spring will be how there should be no Spring Football because of how player’s bodies won’t be able to properly heal and bounce back before Fall Practice and then games start. And that will be something no one can ignore.

          I can’t imagine how anyone could expect unpaid players to take on that kind of risk. And I know that sounds sarcastic, but I’m 100% serious. If the last game is played at the end of April or beginning of May, with Fall Practice to start three months later, that’s literally only four months between last games in one season and first games in a new season. Football is a violent sport. Four months is not enough time.

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          • Dude I was saying that like 2 months ago. Lol. and there’s gonna be sophomores that sit out to make sure they have their junior season. There’s 100 problems with spring football.

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            • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

              The probable health issues with Spring and Fall Football played in the calendar year is a minefield. I can just imagine the neurologists that would not be able to keep silent about increased risk of brain trauma from a shortened offseason, or the orthopedists when some team tries to rush someone back from ACL surgery in that same calendar year, because you know some team will try.

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  12. Joe Blow

    There’s not going to be football this fall.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      I sincerely hope this prediction is wrong. If there’s no football this Autumn, I can’t see how there would be football in the Spring.

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  13. Getting hurt in the spring could cost a draft spot. Its pretty simple. Rooster management will be a bear. Its way to cold up north in Feb and even into March, and field conditions will stink. There’s a million other things going on too, logistics and TV will be messy, football and basketball the same day! Yikes. Families got other stuff to do also, weddings and proms and graduations. And America needs to get back on its feet. People like to travel in the spring, just lots of “orher” stuff. Pawpaw got yo get the fields planted. Lol.

    But safety is #1 and you “get a knee” in the spring and your done. But even more basic, S&c and practices and training rooms in off season are when you prepare your body AND get important coaching on safety…how to hit and be hit, getting your equipment right. Just lots of learning on everything. You got EE freshmen and transfers in the mess too.

    Its OK to not do football for a national emergency. Its happened before. Just call it what it is and push getting our country in order.

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    • Playing in the spring ain’t happening. They either have to start so early (January) that these “amateurs” won’t get to go home for Christmas. Even then, the weather will be absolutely dreadful in many parts of the country. Unless the NFL moves its draft timeline, every player who is draftable would be a fool to play in the spring. Even then, the risk of injury wouldn’t be worth it to the guys at the top of the draft. The real reason for playing (the money) won’t be there unless the networks are willing to pay others to break their contracts.

      It just doesn’t work.

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      • sniffer

        And, reports seem to indicate that we may not be any closer to having the virus figured out. When a standard vaccine takes 5-10 years to develop and study, how is 6 months going to be any good?

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  14. Well , CBS sports:

    “A cancellation of the 2020 college football season this fall is unavoidable after the MAC canceled its season earlier in the day, two prominent Power Five athletic directors told CBS Sports on Saturday. Both reacted to the MAC becoming the first FBS conference to cancel its fall season while also referencing a lack of progress fighting the coronavirus, according to their medical professionals.
    “It’s not fair what we’re doing to our coaches and student-athletes,” one long-time Power Five AD said. “The sooner we can come to a finality, the better.”
    “I think it’s inevitable [the season will not be played in the fall],” said another veteran Power Five AD.
    Neither AD wished to be identified due to the sensitivity of the situation.:

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    • These jackasses who won’t agree to be quoted need to shut their mouths. If you don’t have the guts to own your words, go hide behind your desks. You spouted the company line that football would be back to encourage kids to get their enrollment deposits in and your upperclassmen RTI register for classes.

      I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t care if they play or not this year. I’m more disappointed for the students that are going to be shut out of tickets. Every student will lose a year of one of the things that makes college different from 13th-16th grade.

      These administrators at all levels did everything they could to make sure students enrolled (freshmen) or return (upperclassmen), so they could get that tuition, housing, dining and book money committed. Now they’re turning around and pulling the rug out from under these kids with no tuition reductions for classes that have moved online, no commitments to refund for unnecessary services like dorms for students who have been pushed to online, and such onerous restrictions on group gatherings that student organizations may as well not exist.

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