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Gundy and Hubbard have issued a joint video where Gundy says "change will come" and Hubbard apologized (?!?)

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Seems bad

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Totally fine. No big deal.

No problems playing football this Fall

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I believe we've also had our first COVID-related game cancellation as Southern and Florida A&M will not be playing on Sept 12 as planned.

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Alabama and Ohio State will play a home-and-home series in 2027/2028.

Saban won’t be the coach by then, so who knows what the state of Bama will be.  Might be like all these Bama/USC games that were scheduled before they went to shit.

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In addition re: Bama/OSU

Theres officially a new pattern emerging in Bama’s scheduling.  For the last 10+ years, it’s been one marquee neutral site game against a P5 opponent and 3 G5/FCS opponents.  Starting in 2025, Bama will play two games against marquee P5 opponents every year (including Notre Dame and Ohio State in 2028, which is wild).

This suggests to me that the Bama braintrust is expecting the CFB playoff to expand to 8 teams before or near that time.

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Just gonna leave this right here

 

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But what are they gonna do about COVID?

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At this point, you think anyone is willing to stop pretending they are going to play a season?

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Kansas State shut down practices for 2 weeks after they got 14 positive tests.

LSU also reportedly has 30 players quarantined.

On 6/19/2020 at 5:42 PM, Brian Fowler said:

At this point, you think anyone is willing to stop pretending they are going to play a season?

That would require the NCAA to give a shit about the health and well being of the athletes.

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Fair point, that probably won't be happening.

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Not quite college, but high school football practices have fired up here in Texas.  Unsurprisingly, with our exploding Covid rates, quite a few schools have already had to shut down due to positive tests.  Last I heard, the count here in town was four schools that have been hit.  

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Oregon and Oregon State's rivalry game will officially no longer be "The Civil War".

 

Good. 

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Unfortunately they've decided to rename it the War of Northern Aggression, so it's a wash in the end.

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On 6/19/2020 at 6:36 PM, RIPPA said:

 

They're now up to about 40 or so, but still no word on if the season's being canceled. Dabo is taking a beating over this.

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They better hope that this trend doesn't keep happening in the next 2 months because unless they are going to increase the roster size they are either going to have a huge number of forfeits or team with legit sick people playing

 

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Under Armour is trying to terminate its sponsorship deal with UCLA.  UA was already in financial trouble before Covid so I imagine they're even more fucked now.

According to wikipedia UA sponsors 22 D1 schools plus the entirety of Conference USA so if they start trying to renege on more contracts you're going to see a lot of athletic departments with a hole blown in their budgets.

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Former Cards and Raiders Head Coach - Joe Bugel has passed away at the age of 80

Bugel actually is probably best known for being the O-Line coach of Washington's "Hogs" in the 80s

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Yeah, I think we're all just waiting for the first lawsuit to be filed...

 

 

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We didn’t really talk about it here, but the state of Mississippi just voted to change their state flag (that included the Confederate flag), based largely on Mississippi State star RB Kylin Hill’s threat that he wouldn’t play as long as that flag still flew.  He received a lot of support from every college athletic department in the state, but he was the guy who got the conversation started.

So that’s pretty cool.

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The Athletic is reporting that the Ivy League is expected to move football (and all other fall sports) to the spring of 2021.

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On 7/6/2020 at 12:51 PM, Zimbra said:

The Athletic is reporting that the Ivy League is expected to move football (and all other fall sports) to the spring of 2021.

This has been officially done now

The underlying shitty thing is that there are some who believe that this will lead to the Ivies cancelling Spring Sports (because they can't run both at the same time)

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6 hours ago, RIPPA said:

This has been officially done now

The underlying shitty thing is that there are some who believe that this will lead to the Ivies cancelling Spring Sports (because they can't run both at the same time)

I don't know what the economics of Ivy League sports are, but I would be willing to bet that they would happily burn down all of their spring sports in order to have something resembling a normal football season.

Or just keep what they need to maintain the appearance of Title IX compliance.

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