On Tuesday, the California State University system made a stunning announcement that all 23 campuses would be closed for the fall semester. In the announcement, CSU Chancellor Timothy White said the universities will have classes online rather than have students return to campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement was significant for college football in the state of California. Three of the six Mountain West Conference West Division teams are affected by it. Now the Pac-12 has responded with a statement of its own to address this situation.
“The Pac-12 and our member universities will make our own determinations on when our student-athletes can return to play and when and how campuses will reopen to students. These decisions will be based first and foremost on the health and well-being of all those connected to the Pac-12, and informed by the advice of public health and medical experts along with the state and local governmental orders. Every day we are learning new and important information that will inform our decisions, and we believe that there is great benefit to having as much relevant data as possible before making such decisions.”
It’s hard to argue with the logic behind this statement from the Pac-12. The most prudent thing to do, while there is still plenty of time, is to wait and see.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby expects the college football season to begin on time, but that doesn’t mean he has no concerns about the coronavirus pandemic impacting the college football season.
He sounds pretty concerned with the end of the season and playoffs being affected by a resurgence in the coronavirus.
“I worry more about the end of the season and the postseason than I do the beginning parts of the season,” Bowlsby said on Sirius XM’s Big 12 radio, according to ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. “If the virus comes roaring back in the traditional flu and virus season in November, December, through March, I wonder if we’re going to get basketball seasons in, I wonder if we’re going to get the [College Football Playoff] in, I wonder if we’re going to get the NCAA tournament in. We will be very lucky to get through the postseason and the basketball season without disruptions.”
At this point, there’s no word on whether or not the college football season will even begin on time, but Bowlsby brings up a great point on the coronavirus potentially regaining steam.
Looking at players who have been mocked in the first round for months, we’ve highlighted five prospects who could slide. Some could slide down into the bottom half of Round 1, and others could slide out of the first round entirely.
It’s no secret Alabama Crimson Tide standout quarterback Tua Tagovailoa dealt with a handful of injury woes during his collegiate career. Multiple NFL insiders fear Tagovailoa may be even less healthy than assumed.
On Wednesday’s edition ESPN’s “Get Up,” former NFL head coach and ESPN analyst Rex Ryan compared the one-time national champion starter to New Orleans Saints signal-caller and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.
“Tua, to me, that is Drew Brees,” Ryan said. “He’s accurate as heck like Drew Brees. He moves the pocket like Drew Brees.”
Ryan added: “Is there risk involved? Oh my gosh, is there a risk involved.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a stop to major sports with increasing concerns for whether or not the 2020 college football season will start on time. As coaches and college administrators continue to navigate their way through an unprecedented time, there is reportedly talk about moving the upcoming season into 2021.
According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, one possibility being discussed around the NCAA is playing the season in spring 2021. The idea, which has reportedly been talked about by coaches and administrators, would allow teams more time to prepare for a potential season.
The University of Oklahoma announced Friday that it is suspending in-person activities through July 31. The decision comes at a time when states throughout the country are extending their stay-at-home orders with the COVID-19 pandemic worsening.
Oklahoma’s decision casts further doubt on the college football season starting on time. Coaches have said they would need two months to prepare their players for the season. In the best-case scenario, the Sooners could just start practicing in August, and that would still require the university not further extending its suspension of in-person activities.
One of the 2020 NFL Draft’s most highly rated prospects is feeling good after undergoing hip surgery in November. Among doubts that Tua Tagovailoa won’t be what he was before surgery, the Alabama quarterback feels that he could compete in an NFL game today if he had to.
Tagovailoa has been fully cleared for action and is expected to be the second QB taken behind LSU’s Joe Burrow in this year’s draft. The young QB said his agency has provided teams with updated medical information and workout/performance videos.
The Buckeyes are loaded with talent on offense, and a couple of stars from last year’s squad are returning. Big-play specialist Chris Olave is coming back, along with Garrett Wilson.
But we’re expecting quarterback Justin Fields to take a big leap forward in his development in Year 2 with head coach Ryan Day, and one of the biggest beneficiaries of this could be true freshman Julian Fleming.
The entire 2020 NFL draft order is nearly set, and Cincinnati’s pick is due in just over three months. Here’s a look at our latest 2020 NFL mock (Jan. 20, 2020).
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1. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
2019 has been the year of Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and national championship and is the overwhelming favorite to be Cincinnati’s choice for the No. 1 overall pick. He’s shown drastic improvement in his senior season at LSU, completing nearly 76 percent of his passes and also showing above-average scrambling ability. The only major knock on Burrow is that he’s old for a first-round prospect, set to turn 24 in December. That said, 2019 fourth-round pick Ryan Finley hasn’t shown anything that should make the Bengals bypass this opportunity.
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2. Washington Redskins: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
Young is the best defensive lineman prospect of his generation, which is saying a lot given rookie Nick Bosa’s success in San Francisco this season. Incredibly, Young recorded 16.5 sacks through his first 12 games this season and has a chance to make a huge impact on a Washington defensive line that already has a lot of talent.
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3. Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Cornerback is already one of Detroit’s strengths, but the addition of Okudah could potentially allow the Lions to shop star Darius Slay after the cornerback seemed disgruntled earlier this season. Okudah is the consensus top cornerback in the 2020 class. He is a shutdown corner with three picks in 13 games this season.
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4. New York Giants: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
The Giants need a playmaker at wideout after trading Odell Beckham Jr. last offseason. Jeudy had 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and ranks right alongside Julio Jones and Amari Cooper as among the most talented wideouts to come out of Alabama in recent memory.
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5. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Tagovailoa was the consensus No. 1 overall draft choice entering the year, but ankle and hip injuries have given him the “injury-prone” label. Before his season-ending injury earlier this season, Tagovailoa completed more than 71 percent of his passes with 33 touchdowns in nine games, albeit with elite receiving weapons in Alabama. He would be entering an optimal situation in Miami with the ability to play when he’s ready and learn from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Odell Beckham Jr. caused some issues for the LSU football team when he handed out money to players on the field after the national championship game on Monday night, but school officials originally said there was nothing to worry about because the money was fake. Joe Burrow is not exactly corroborating that claim.
In an appearance on the “Pardon My Take” podcast that aired Wednesday morning, Burrow was asked about Beckham handing out wads of cash to players. While the Heisman Trophy winner was not one of the players shown on video, Burrow says he did get some money from Beckham. And it was real.
“Umm, yeah. I’m not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah,” Burrow said when asked if OBJ gave him cash, per Brian Fonseca of NJ.com.
Podcast host Big Cat then said he thought it would have been awesome if Beckham printed fake money to hand out “just as a flex.” Burrow said he was unsure of how much money Beckham gave out.