The coronavirus continues to infect players and disrupt game schedules, but schools are pretending the pandemic isn’t happening

College football is the epitome of malfunction normalization in America today.Fans of the sport woke up Saturday morning to news that the game between Clemson and Florida State had been postponed because a Clemson offensive lineman positive for it the day before Coronavirus had tested the matchup was one of 18 games that had to be canceled or postponed last week due to COVID-19

Horrifyingly – if not surprisingly – the Clemson officials wanted to play the game anyway, despite the Tigers practicing for the past week and then traveling to Tallahassee, Fla. with a player who had the coronavirus The team des State of Florida, which hasn’t had a positive test since mid-September, wasn’t feeling well in the future, so the game was called

But, as in so many other conversations during the pandemic, the people who upheld their right to reckless behavior criticized others for looking after public health The Clemson trainer, Dabo Swinney, discharged himself on the Seminoles and blamed she to duck his team “This game wasn’t canceled because of COVID,” Swinney told reporters on Sunday. “COVID was just an excuse to cancel the game I have no doubt that their players wanted to and would have played and the same goes for the coaches For me, the Florida state government forfeited the game ”

Even before Swinney made those comments, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley – a Republican who once served as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations and was a potential presidential candidate for 2024 – was already mocking the Seminoles on Twitter “Florida State, whether you lose today or in a few days doesn’t matter,” Haley wrote, “Get it over with. Stop blocking.”

Aside from the immature sniff, college football is in the middle of a coronavirus crisis and the prevailing stance of the sport seems to be the shrug emoji

For the third straight week, the number of games postponed or canceled last weekend was in double digits.The pandemic even jeopardized some games that were played as planned.On Friday night, 20 Minnesota players were unavailable to play against Playing Purdue How many of these players dropped out due to the coronavirus is unclear, but the university reported that staff and players had tested positive for the virus since college football teams are not required to provide information about why players miss games, colleges and can Universities hide just how widespread the problem actually is because of secrecy on Saturday, when the state of Mississippi played Georgia in 11th place with fewer than 53 scholarship players, the game was arguably an improvement on the week before the state of Mississippi with COVID -19 outbreak did not play at all Kentucky was short 10 players Saturday in e In a game against # 1 Alabama Missing included the lead rusher, lead tackler, and Wildcats starting punter

With the US breaking new records for coronavirus infections day in and day out, college football may not be able to end its season so far this season, more than 100 games have been canceled, and some of this weekend’s games will be paused Don’t play Tulsa on the weekend This is the second week in a row that the Cougars have not been able to play due to coronavirus issues For the sixth time this season, a game of theirs has either been canceled or postponed. The Apple Cup – one of the best rivalries in college football – between Washington and Washington State has been canceled due to insufficient players in Washington state Stand to play the University of Washington and Minnesota had to cancel Saturday’s game against Wisconsin after nine players and six staff tested positive for COVID-19
Before the season began, those campaigning for the return of college football argued that returning players to their squads was a safer option than leaving them at home. Back in August, the Alabama manager said Nick Saban to ESPN: “I want [our team] to play, but I want to play for the players’ sake, for the value they can create for themselves. I know I will be criticized no matter what I say that.” I don’t care about player safety Look, players are much safer with us than at home Saban claimed his team’s test positivity rate – an indicator of whether the virus is spreading undetected within a community – is lower than that of society at large pretend these guys can only understand this if they play soccer you can get it anywhere, whether they’re in a bar or just hanging outSaban has had positive twice himself since then tested for coronavirus first time was likely a false positive, but yesterday Alabama announced it is showing mild symptoms and will be isolating at home

Serious question: does college football feel safe now, with the virus spreading wildly across campus and society, and the list of canceled games growing longer than Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s hair? Although Lawrence missed a few games this season after testing positive for COVID-19, he remains a Heisman Trophy candidate, and Clemson’s hopes for a national league title are still intact.But no one should put their persistence through a pandemic or Clemson’s ability to to remain a championship contender as confirmation that college football’s senior players have rightly made a leap forward this year, even if the season is somehow over, their willingness to simply ignore reality is an indication of the priorities of sport

Just as the federal government left the coronavirus response to the individual states, the NCAA never came up with a comprehensive plan for a safe football game.The governing body for college sports only offered suggestions and left individual conferences to themselves

While the NCAA could have done a lot more, the university presidents ultimately decide which chances their teams will and which will not. Sports departments and schools in general have become dependent on college football revenues for the leading powers of sport, it was never likely to forego television money in the millions

In May, Reverend John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame, wrote a passionate comment for the New York Times explaining why he wanted his university to return to teaching and participating in athletic competitions on campus, Jenkins wrote:

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We in our society are regularly ready to take on ourselves or to impose other risks – even fatal risks – for the good of society.We send young men and women to war to defend the security of our nation, knowing that many will not return We applaud health professionals who risk their health to care for the sick and afflicted We all accept the risk of a fatal road accident if we get in our car The central question for us as individuals and as a society is not whether we should take risks, but what risks are acceptable and why

What Jenkins failed to mention in this philosophical brooding is that Notre Dame is the eighth largest college football team in the country, according to Forbes The program has averaged $ 120 million in revenue over the past three years >

Despite all his moralization, Jenkins tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the White House reception for future Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett – who studied law at Notre Dame and later taught Jenkins masked presence at one Super-spreader event understandably enraged Notre Dame students and faculties Jenkins then tried to divine the student body for rushing the football field after Notre Dame defeated Clemson earlier this month to the extent that his complaint about the injury from If health protocols had an impact at all, it should be emphasized that universities as a whole are not taking the pandemic seriously enough

Football isn’t the only college sport facing major disruption, college basketball season kicks off this week and has already seen significant upheaval.Coronavirus concerns have forced more than 30 teams to suspend basketball-related activities over the past month The University of Florida cannot start the season until Jan. Beginning December As proof they can work out a plan if they want, NCAA administrators are already discussing holding March Madness in a single venue, like the NBA ended its season in a bubble in Orlando, Florida / p>

Regardless of the opinion of the authorities in college football, history will not look back on this season and give them points to trudge through a pandemic and the safety of unpaid players incapable of fighting a system specialized in exploitation to fight unnecessarily endangering you History will wonder if this messy, jumbled, and repeatedly interrupted season was worth all the risk

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