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Central Ohio football coaches recently made a proposal to the OHSAA
It won’t be now, but at some point after deciding to put thousands of children at risk in order to save whatever meager financial gain that high school football provides, their discussions should shift to how exactly they’re going to keep the players, coaches and staff safe.

They’ll undoubtedly ban something stupid like hi-fives for the PR reaction to make it appear like they give half a shit before letting the chips fall where they may.
 
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Under the NCAA Presidents Advisory Council's proposal, football practice would begin on March 1, 2021, with games beginning on March 25. There would be a maximum of seven games allowed, with play wrapping up by May 15 and the NJCAA championship and bowl games beginning on June 3.
The proposal would also shift the seasons for all other fall and winter sports.

Men and women's basketball would begin practice on Jan. 11, with its season starting on Jan. 29. A maximum 29-game regular season would end on March 27 and championships would begin on April 19. Volleyball, wrestling, track and swimming would all resume practice on Jan. 4.
This is being voted on tomorrow
 

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Junior college is going for spring ball
I think all college football will come to realize it's a better bet to go to the spring than to try to push through for a fall season. At the end of the day TV rights may just be able to sustain the sport programs but it will be a massive lose if they only can have limited fans. The biggest part is donors which isn't just to the sports programs but to the schools themselves. They need homecoming games and alumni tents to keep that money train going. They might be able to keep the big donors coming in the fall but I'm not sure if the older demo will risk it. The other large percentage of alumni that give small donation that net into much larger amounts will be completely lost without full or near full attendance.

Driving to play in the fall just guarantees a worst case scenario in terms of revenue. The spring might just be delaying it but it at least it gives a chance for near normal revenue. Maybe it means a modified schedule of the NCAA tournament and when football games are played.
 

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The timing of all this makes no sense to me. Why go through the charade of putting a plan together, putting protocols in place, changing the schedule, having players report to camp, etc to only pull the plug, unprompted, without even giving it a chance?
 

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The timing of all this makes no sense to me. Why go through the charade of putting a plan together, putting protocols in place, changing the schedule, having players report to camp, etc to only pull the plug, unprompted, without even giving it a chance?
The ADs were the ones doing the planning. Their focus is to the players. The shift happened when the presidents look over the talks. They have a responsibility to the whole student body. They most likely heard constantly how sports gets better treatment and funding than everyone else. If they push alot their limited resources like cleaning supplies, PPE, and testing to get their football programs safe, it will have a negative effect on their facility and staff's safety.

At the end of the day universities are for teaching and certain classes need in person teaching. They need to keep the facility and staff safe because they are way more at risk than the football players.

ADs were being unrealistic for a while. They were still talking about fans in the stadium like it was a very realistic option. Alot of these power 5 ADs haven't had to really worked with limited resources so it understandable why they thought they could buy their way to making it work.

Alot of these college towns don't have the hospital capacity to handle any sort of outbreak. Add in the threat of non-students descending into these college towns every week, just makes for a bad situation. They will have a hard enough time trying to control their students. Add to that the out of town people who will think it's a good idea to come in to tailgate or go to bars for games even if no fans can attend games.
 
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The timing of all this makes no sense to me. Why go through the charade of putting a plan together, putting protocols in place, changing the schedule, having players report to camp, etc to only pull the plug, unprompted, without even giving it a chance?
Because they’re likely seeing updated revenue projections without fans.

And the thought of players organizing on top of that has them apoplectic about the future of the money they skimmed from the athletes labor.

Bad time to be them, quite frankly.
 

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It's been noted elsewhere, but the NCAA will fear this player unity more than the deadly virus.
No shit, they don't give a damn about the health of the players. That is simply a charade for them to hide behind.

Big Ten looks like a joke right now, they are getting slaughtered by the media. This is going to seriously hurt the conference moving forward, too
 

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Ya, I can't believe they're only shutting down sports and not the schools! This is clearly an agenda against the athletes!

In other news, my son who was set to take all his Senior year classes at an OSU Satellite Branch (STEM) just found out this morning all his classes are now virtual online.
 

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Ya, I can't believe they're only shutting down sports and not the schools! This is clearly an agenda against the athletes!

In other news, my son who was set to take all his Senior year classes at an OSU Satellite Branch (STEM) just found out this morning all his classes are now virtual online.
Most will be there soon...
 

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Ya, I can't believe they're only shutting down sports and not the schools! This is clearly an agenda against the athletes!

In other news, my son who was set to take all his Senior year classes at an OSU Satellite Branch (STEM) just found out this morning all his classes are now virtual online.
The writing was on the wall for virtual classes. It wasn't like the MAC decided no to football and to operate everything else like normal. Ohio University and Miami of Ohio are going virtual to start and pushed back potential move in to campus dates by a month. They are saying it will be a phases move in of only students that have classes that need in person instruction. They even asked students who are planning to live off campus to not move in and stay at home.

Football and sports is a small part of what universities do. Even for OSU the sports generate 200 million but the whole university has an operating budget of 7.5 billion. OSU has had a budget surplus of 500 million in years past.
 

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The writing was on the wall for virtual classes. It wasn't like the MAC decided no to football and to operate everything else like normal. Ohio University and Miami of Ohio are going virtual to start and pushed back potential move in to campus dates by a month. They are saying it will be a phases move in of only students that have classes that need in person instruction. They even asked students who are planning to live off campus to not move in and stay at home.

Football and sports is a small part of what universities do. Even for OSU the sports generate 200 million but the whole university has an operating budget of 7.5 billion. OSU has had a budget surplus of 500 million in years past.
No you're right, I was being sarcastic w/ the first line. I don't understand why people are pitching it as some super big conspiracy against the players when they're shutting down classes too, due to safety concerns.
 
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No you're right, I was being sarcastic w/ the first line. I don't understand why people are pitching it as some super big conspiracy against the players when they're shutting down classes too, due to safety concerns.
I knew you were being sarcastic but I was trying to point out to others that it's not a big conspiracy. I think university presidents know they will have little control of what students do outside of classes and football just creates another weekly event for students and fans to party.

These schools in small college towns must be scared that they are going to get the whole town sick and not have the hospital infrastructure to cope with it. Football games only adds to that risk. If they can keep their town somewhat constained from the outside, it should help to keep them operating. Outside fans has to be a big concern for them regardless of if they had fans in attendance for football games. Columbus is very different than College Station or Bloomington. The MAC schools towns are even smaller than those places. There will be alot of fans who decide they want to be in these towns for game day and drive in to just party.

If anything this week showed that college football shouldn't happen, it the Sturgis motorcycle rally. 250k people descended on a 10k population town in South Dakota and the locals had no say in it. They will be the ones who pay the price and state officials decided to do nothing.
 

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Big Ten has denied this report, but I would not be surprised if the dominoes starting falling soon with the MAC already out.


Don't know if it's an actual factor, but someone alluded to the P5 canceling all at once to avoid any potential transfer portal nonsense while the participating schools whittle down.
 
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