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dystopiamembrane
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UConn becomes the first D-IA to call off 2020 season

“After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” UConn athletics director David Benedict said in a news release. 

espn.com article

Quick note: UConn was never going to “compete on the gridiron” this season.

 

  • UConn has got to be arguably the worst football program @ the FBS level. They really should just either drop to the FCS level or drop their program altogether. People schedule them for the easy win every season.

  • NCAA to have ‘update’ on fall sports championships today.

    The NCAA board of governors on Tuesday held off making any major decisions about its Division I fall championships in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, instead pushing “an update” to Wednesday, according to a statement on Twitter from NCAA president Mark Emmert.

    The board, which mainly comprises university presidents representing all three divisions, has the authority to cancel or postpone NCAA fall championships for sports such as soccer, women’s volleyball and FCS football. It’s something the board has been considering for weeks but has recently had more serious discussions about.

    espn.com article

  • Hellhound152
    1

    Clowns

  • Tony
    3

    New Poll: 2020 Utah Football Record

    Be sure to vote in the latest poll. How many wins will Utah Football have in this modified 10-game Pac-12 season?  Vote in the right column of the website or tap the poll icon on the home page of the Ute Hub mobile app!

    Tony
    10

    Have you seen the explosion in Beirut?

    Unbelievable. 

  • Yeah. Crazy.

  • UteThunder

    Just saw it. Unbelievable is right. 

  • cjd1

    Video. Wow.

    • utefansince79
      2

      Heard and felt in Cyprus 200 miles away.  Imagine an explosion in Fillmore or Elko Nevada being heard/felt in Salt Lake.

      So sad for this country that has had more than its share of struggles through the years.

       

       

  • SkinyUte
    1

    At least 50 dead, 2,700 injured.  

     

    I’d be shocked if that total doesn’t double.  That explosion was insane.

  • cjd1
    1

  • Thlete

    I saw on Twitter that the power of the blast was 10x the USA’s MOAB (Mother of all Bombs) and 1/5 power of Hiroshima bomb. Insane.

  • Utesbyfive

    It’s very sad. It reminds me of the Halifax explosion. If you don’t know it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion

  • PlainsUte

    So senseless … the way those materials were stored is a well known high-risk situation.  People complain a lot about OSHA rules and paperwork, but this is one example where the rules and reporting in the US do actually work to reduce risk for workers and the general publiic.  Throwing in the political volatility in the region makes it even worse (not a comment on how this was triggered, just saying there was additional risk in that it could be targeted by bad actors).

  • Trailgoat
    11

    Trickle down cost impact to fans

    Caught part of the late radio talk show on KALL during my drive through SLC yesterday. Listened to the radio dude repeatly ramble and whine for about thirty minutes (lost contact around Ogdenish) the same mantra the Utah/P12 players deserve most all of the demands asked for minus some of the revenue sharing. Not arguing against some of the subject matter as there are good points that warrant attention for all sports not just football. 

    Not once did this dude during the brief listen, mention anything about the trickle down cost impact this will have to college football fans, Crimson Club members, donors, and students. Reviewing the demands, NIL, insurance, tuition extention, third party oversight, other stuff, are all expenses that will be pushed down to ticket prices, concessions, TV, merchandise. Most notably, student tuition.

    There appears to be a high level of arrogance from the top down and media regarding the perceived market value of Utah football. At what point do the paying fans, donors, and students lose interest in the product and stop paying? I could be dead wrong that fans and donors are truely willing to pay for whatever is asked of them to watch and support Utah football. Not saying all of these demands will fly, only a few will have a significant impact on cost, especially if other sports get involved.

    IMHO, anecdotally with all that is going on, the college institution and college football is going to face major financial issues as fans choose to spend their time and money else where. 

  • Tony
    12

    I haven’t been following this much (out of town) but do people think that college programs don’t have operating costs?  Do they think programs are all running massive profits? 

    • Central Coast Ute
      8

      Not only that Tony, do people think full tuition, books, room and board and all of the perks are worth zero dollars?

      • PhiladelphiaUte
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        I played Club Lacrosse while I was at the U.  That means that I got $0 in tuition, books, fees, room, and board, and to provide my OWN medical insurance, AND had to PAY club fees.  These Pac-12 athletes get FULL tuition, books, fees, room, and board, medical insurance, a wealth of tutors, AND a meal plan with a dietician.

        They don’t like the exorbitant coaches salaries, but I never heard any of them complain about exorbitant salaries once they signed their NFL contracts.

        And why is it that the want the 2% revenues to go to only the low-income “Black” athletes?  Are they unaware of the fact that “low-income” stations aren’t exclusive to just “Black” people?

        I’m all in favor of their requests for better medical insurance, but the rest of their demands seem extremely unreasonable.  Even the one where Larry Scott needs to take a paycut.  He DOES need to take a paycut, but his salary should not be dictated by the student athletes.  That’s for the university presidents and chancellors to determine.

        • Hammer
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          Plus add 25-30% on top of the tuition, books, food, etc. because parents would normally be paying for those items with after tax dollars.

  • Central Coast Ute
    6

    It’s impossible for other athletic programs to get involved. Most of them don’t make any money and are subsidized by the football, MBB, gymnastics programs along with the tax payers. If they demand a percentage, does that mean they need to pay the university in order to participate?

  • UteBacker
    15

    There’s a real “open checkbook” mentality out there right now.  The problem is we’re not using our checkbooks, we’re using our credit cards and that bill eventually becomes due.  There are a lot of people that make demands that don’t have a basic understanding of economics.  I hope cooler heads prevail…

    • astUTE
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      Yes, it is classically ironic that just now, during the pandemic, when many/most college atheletic departments are facing what could be financial ruin (if we have little or no football and/or men’s baskball seasons), that players are demanding a piece of the action. 

      I’m sure most AD’s who spend their days worried about survival, are privately shaking thier heads and asking, “a share of what”?

  • Charlie
    1

    The afternoon host tends to have strong opinions and tends to repeat them.  It can be annoying if you don’t completely agree with him.

    I do support changes to allow athletes to benefit more from their value.  However, I am symptomatic to athletic departments that are already up to their neck in uncommon issues and have more than enough to overcome just to operate at all.  I am wondering if football athletes that do have market value care to share their gains with other athletes that have almost no market value at all.  Sharing revenue with one specific ethnic group does not make sense when the team is made up of several ethnic groups.  Why not simply reference disadvantaged families and leave it at that.  Also,  making extreme demands in a time of great hardship could be viewed as attacking when the other side is down.  This needs to be a partnership not adversarial.  Incremental steps are best.

  • Charlie

    The afternoon host tends to have strong opinions and tends to repeat them.  It can be annoying if you don’t completely agree with him.

    I do support changes to allow athletes to benefit more from their value.  However, I am symptomatic to athletic departments that are already up to their neck in uncommon issues and have more than enough to overcome just to operate at all.  I am wondering if football athletes that do have market value care to share their gains with other athletes that have almost no market value at all.  Sharing revenue with one specific ethnic group does not make sense when the team is made up of several ethnic groups.  Why not simply reference disadvantaged families and leave it at that.  Also,  making extreme demands in a time of great hardship could be viewed as attacking when the other side is down.  This needs to be a partnership not adversarial.  Incremental steps are best.

  • dystopiamembrane
    1

    Big 12 announced it will play a “9+1” football schedule this fall

    On Monday night, the Big 12 announced it will play a “9+1” football schedule this fall, where each school will play nine conference games and one non-conference home game. The Big 12 schedule will be finalized in the next few weeks with conference games starting in mid to late-September. Each school’s non-conference home game will be played before that. The Big 12 Championship game will be played Dec. 12 or Dec. 19.

    ncaa.com article

  • dystopiamembrane
    1

    The next major COVID-19-related college sports news could come Tuesday afternoon, when the NCAA Board of Governors meets. The group last met July 24 and, in an official statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert, said the NCAA would “continue to thoughtfully and aggressively monitor health conditions around the country.” Emmert said, “it is clear that the format of our championships will have to change if they are to be conducted in a safe and fair manner … We will continue our discussions in August.”

    from above ncaa.com article

  • PhiladelphiaUte

    Any word as to when the MWC will announce what their COVID-19 plans are for the 2020 season?

    • Haven’t heard. I know UNLV just scheduled a game with TCU for this season about a week ago. They may want to allow some OOC games to keep a game like this on schedule.