Report: Group of Pac-12 players threatens to sit out season

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With no group or union to protect college football players, they have to protect themselves. Some Pac-12 football players reportedly are doing just that.

According to ESPN.com, a group from multiple Pac-12 schools have threatened to sit out preseason camp and 2020 games until negotiations with the conference regarding racial injustice, COVID-19 safety, and other issues are completed.

In a text message obtained by ESPN.com, the group says that its goal is to “obtain a written contract with the Pac-12 that legally ensures we are offered the following protections and benefits.”

The conference’ position on this news is to say, essentially, “This is news to us.”

“Neither the Conference nor our university athletics departments have been contacted by this group regarding these topics,” the Pac-12 said in a statement. “We support our student-athletes using their voice and have regular communications with our student-athletes at many different levels on a range of topics. As we have clearly stated with respect to our fall competition plans, we are, and always will be, directed by medical experts, with the health, safety and well being of our student athletes, coaches and staff always the first priority. We have made it clear that any student athlete who chooses not to return to competition for health or safety reasons will have their scholarship protected.”

With those scholarships protected even if players choose not to play, it will be interesting to see how many Pac-12 players choose to sit this season out.

The Pac-12 adopted on Friday a 10-game, conference-only football season, which begins on September 26. The conference championship game will be held on a team’s campus, and not at the new NFL stadium in Las Vegas.

16 responses to “Report: Group of Pac-12 players threatens to sit out season

  1. Makes sense, they’re just barely better than a high school athlete anyways. #TheWashingtonGeneralsOfNCAA

  2. I understand COVID-19 concerns as the basis for refusing to play, but the rest escapes me. I don’t see what racial injustice has to do with playing football (unless it is within your own program), and “others”–well, that could be a whole laundry list of “demands”, especially when you have Cal and Stanford students involved.

    If you’re on a football scholarship, the university has the obligation to provide a safe environment for playing football. Absolutely. The rest is non-football (again, unless the racial injustice is within your own program) and should be dealt with on your own time.

  3. I would sure love to know what racial injustices they are facing. I’d love for them to provide some examples, but I doubt they have any to provide.

  4. So the big question here is “who”. Who are these players? It’s one thing if it’s a bunch of freshman that will likely redshirt. It’s a whole other story if it is multiple star players in their junior or senior year. Either way I highly doubt they will get a legally binding document from the conference. But if they have the resolve they can certainly turn a few heads and bring additional attention to the subject(s) they are concerned with.

    Although the bottom line is that if they do choose to sit out they will absolutely negatively affect their NFL draft stock for next year and possibly the year after. Scouts cannot judge your performance if you aren’t performing. So if they fully understand that and accept it, then all the more power to them for doing what they believe in.

  5. “With those scholarships protected even if players choose not to play, it will be interesting to see how many Pac-12 players choose to sit this season out.”

    I wonder what percentage of these players couldn’t begin to get into college without an athletic scholarship, and how many of them will stay in school and take advantage of said scholarship if they aren’t playing football?

  6. Sit out. Who cares?

    Just as long as they lose this year of eligibility. I’m fine with it.

    And if they are hooked up with a scholarship that should be given to somebody that wants to play.

    At this rate our country will be run down in a year. Open it up folks and let’s give it he**.

  7. “I would sure love to know what racial injustices they are facing. I’d love for them to provide some examples, but I doubt they have any to provide.”

    Every single African American and other minority friend I’ve ever had has regularly encountered racial abuse in some form or fashion. It has exploded in this country under the Pumpkin Furher and its usually the angry little racists who claim that racism doesn’t exist

  8. I would not be surprised if there is a developing “Who
    Gives a S@&t” attitude towards sports in this country. Sports has become a media circus for people to create rumor and speculation; i.e., the latest that the Patriots are tanking for a quarterback in 2021. Do these fools lay awake a night dreaming up this crap?

  9. Time to just be done with sports in general. There are better things to do with our lives than watch others compete.

  10. Flo, can you ask Rudy Carpenter to talk with the players and see if they are willing to pen their thoughts for your Sunday piece from Peter King? I think it’s important they get their side out there.

  11. Every college football player should opt out this season. They don’t get compensated fairly, and the people in charge (who are afraid of losing their million dollar paychecks) can’t guarantee their protection and are pushing for the kids to play. This is the Rubicon – the moment when the players(I.e. the people that the colleges are making money off of) can realize the power they have.

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