College football’s dilemma: pandemic, or endemic?

Ross Dellenger has a good piece about how college sports are struggling to deal with the real, but very different, issues presented by the omicron variant of COVID.



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29 responses to “College football’s dilemma: pandemic, or endemic?

  1. Illini84

    Get the Illini in there!!!


    • Didn’t they lose to Rutgers?


      • Illini84

        Yea and they got clobbered by UVA but they beat # 7Nebraska, Penn State and #24 Minnesota!


        • Down Island Way

          Have no idea what is taking place at any institutions concerning the recent variant of covid, will probably hear from some hc next week stating all is good now and we could have more than enough players to field a competitive team effort for that bowl game we opted out of…knowing that safety for your health is a good a reason as any to not play, cause if you don’t have your health, you’re having a crappy day, will say I can think of 4 peoples who may or may not be sleeping well the next week….GO DAWGS!


    • mp

      I assume Illinois (or any other potential replacement team) has already sent their players home for break. How does that even work in getting the team back and practicing?


      • Illini84

        “eality is the team fell just short. Then, when there was earlier talk about a bid at 5-7, enough teams became bowl eligible that Illinois wasn’t needed in a pinch.

        Now, there is another spot to fill. For a game that kicks off in eight days.

        For Illinois, putting a team and game plan together in that amount of time would be a logistical challenge. The game is in Florida, not across the street from Memorial Stadium.

        And most of the players have returned to their homes for the semester break. They would need to hustle back to C-U at one of the busiest travel times of the year.

        One of the main positives of bowl eligibility, mentioned often by Bielema, are the 15 extra practices. But with the game barely a week away, the Illini would be lucky to get in one-third of the extra sessions.”]


  2. Illini84

    Oops, #7 Penn State # 20 Minnesota!.


  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Does that mean we get our quarterback [controversy] back sooner?

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  4. jim1886

    I believe it is reasonable to change or reduce the quarantine days or maybe eliminate them for these college athletes and young people


  5. ASEF

    If the NCAA waits for the CDC to change declarations, I doubt anything changes over the next couple of weeks to affect football games. The NCAA probably has more an eye on the basketball tournament with this.

    I could be wrong, but I think the NCAA on the football games is basically at this point: “teams need to respect their own conference rules and the rules of the conference of their opponent.”

    Which means the conference offices could adjust course tomorrow if they wanted?


  6. ugafidelis

    I’ve been wondering if they’ll start wanting to play these games without fans.


  7. Tony BarnFart

    Jeff Dugas of Troy is on point. I get annoyed, two years in, with leaders who are in a position to push and ask questions “upstream” continuing to cite the REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT side of what Covid means as if it’s one and the same with any pure safety questions. I get in this circumstance (college bowl games) we’re in the middle of it and there may not be time to move the wheels of change, but i’d really like to see a lot more “why’s” aimed upstream than “just cuz’s” aimed downstream from people in authority.

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    • Biggen

      Sometimes those people in authority have to make it look like they are doing “something”.

      I’m reading Midnight in Chernobyl (awesome book if you like reading about nuclear disasters) and one of the men in charge of putting out the reactor fire after the explosion was Valery Legasov. He had the “bright” idea of dumping sand into the open reactor in an attempt to quench the graphite/uranium fires. His other colleagues told him it was a bad idea. Not only would it kick up more radioactive dust, it would create mixture of molten sand/fuel (nuclear lava) that would continue to melt through the bottom of the reactor and threaten ground water.

      His response was something to the effect of “We have to make a show of doing something. If we do nothing (essentially let it just burn out), they will know we don’t know how to handle this.”

      That reminds me of a bit of what is going on around our country now. Lots of opinions but no one really has a clue so we continue to throw shit until it sticks to the wall.

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      • Dawg93

        Couldn’t agree more, that’s exactly what’s happening. At this point we don’t really need the gov’t to do or mandate anything. Just give people the facts about their risks and let them decide how they want to live.

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        • jcdawg83

          That is crazy talk.


        • Tony BarnFart

          It’s going to take every person pushing somebody…anybody to get out of this mess. It can even be just a friend or group of friends, but if everybody shuts up and waits, you’re gonna get more of what he describes in the Chernobyl book. Nothing disrespectful, be firm but polite.

          I was one of the first in my city to get a 5yr old vaccinated, but I told our private school in the hipster old part of town that I needed to know what the long term thoughts were on masking because it might affect my re-enrollment decision. For the first time since the pandemic started (we were remote spring of 2020), it’s looking like mask optional starting in January. Not saying it was me, maybe it was me and 10-20 others.

          Sorry if I’m straying here SB.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I don’t think it’s fair to call any of the regulations based on “just cuz”. With all this medical stuff we learn as we go, and we make decisions based on what we have learned so far and less on what might be. I hope that the omicron variant is mild and that it won’t be any worse than the common cold, but I wouldn’t bet on it just yet.


  8. Dawg93

    With so many NFL and NBA players testing positive in the last few weeks, I wish the NCAA/CFP would contact those leagues about what type of symptoms these guys are having and also how long they’re lasting, then consider some adjustment to the current protocol.



    The cold…someone gets it.

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  10. Migraine Boy

    It’s bullshit that a team would have to forfeit even though they did everything correctly (high vaccination rate, testing, tracing, etc). What message are you sending with this?

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  11. W Cobb Dawg

    “Schools are encouraging their athletes to get a third shot…”

    “Encouraging” my ass! This is easy, not vaccinated & boosted = off team & off campus.

    The responsible people in this country have been far too lenient with the unvaccinated lunatic fringe. These fools playing Russian roulette who choose not to vaccinate must be quarantined. Their meager contributions to our society won’t be missed.

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  12. unionjackgin

    My advice to CKS would be to keep everyone in a bubble until the CFP. No one goes home for Christmas – it opens up to many variables for possible exposure plus when they come back it invites spread.

    The rules for the CFP are not going to change in the next 10 days. COVID protocols are not going to change in the next 10 days.

    Right now this is about managing your team for this situation. Be even more proactive than Alabama who is sending their players with a care package.


  13. I don’t understand why they don’t show up and play with whoever (including walk ons) is available.

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    • Russ

      It is sort of funny that the self-proclaimed home of the 12th man can’t field a team with ~50 player (including the non-scholarship players).


  14. jtdsouth

    CDC guidelines released tonight – if positive for Covid, 7 day isolation and negative test… sooo JT could play