Today’s the day. The Pac-12 is set to vote Friday on whether to start a football season. The season-opener would likely be held in late October or early November with the season wrapping up before the College Football Playoff Selection Show on Dec. 20–assuming the presidents vote to play a season this fall. The Big Ten voted to start its…...
It’s been a wild week for college football. More games were played. More conferences joined the action. More players missed games because of COVID-19. More games were postponed. And now this: The Big Ten announced that it will play a nine-game football season that will begin Oct. 24. Just six weeks ago, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said that there…...
As has been the case for the last month, the Big Ten seems to be a step ahead of the Pac-12 in its push to return to the football field. During a Tuesday morning press conference, University of Nebraska president Ted Carter was caught on a hot mic saying that an announcement was in store for Tuesday night. “We’re getting…...
DENVER — With neither the Pac-12 or the Mountain West deciding to compete this fall, it’s going to be an extremely odd college football season in the Mile High City. Instead of watching the Rams and Buffs square off in the first on-campus edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown since 2009, local college football fans had to settle for a…...
NFL rosters were cut from 80 players to 53 players on Saturday and 24 hours later, most practice squads have been filled. The NFL typically allows teams to hold 12 players in practice squads but that number was expanded to 16 this season because of the increased likelihood of players missing games. The NFL is also allowing eligibility for any…...
NFL cut day has arrived.
By early Saturday afternoon, every team in the NFL had to reduce its total number of rostered players from 80 to 53. All of the players who were released will go through waivers, where any team can claim them to join their 53-team roster. If multiple teams claim a player, the team with the earliest first-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft will receive the rights to the player.
Pac-12 sports may be back sooner than we thought.
The conference announced a partnership Thursday with Quidel Corporation, a leader in testing for COVID-19. Quidel will provide every Pac-12 university with the tools necessary to begin daily tests for all student-athletes by the end of the month, according to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.
College football is about to gain steam.
Nine FBS football games will be played this weekend.
The ACC and Big 12 will open next weekend.
The SEC will join the party two weeks later.
But one game has already happened: Austin Peay took on Central Arkansas in a top-25 FCS matchup Saturday night, in the first football game of the COVID era.
BOULDER — The Pac-12 decided in early August to cancel all athletic competitions through the end of December. This week, reports surfaced that the conference will monitor developments with COVID-19 and consider starting the basketball season before 2021. Reports also surfaced regarding the Big Ten’s postponement of its football season, which was canceled at about the same time as the…...
BOULDER — The Pac-12 announced earlier this month that all athletic competitions will be postponed until Jan. 1, 2021 at the earliest.
But that decision may not be as definitive as it seemed to be.
BOULDER — When Colorado basketball head coach Tad Boyle was asked what he felt about the Pac-12's decision to cancel all competitions through the end of 2020, he kept his answer short.
"Shock and disbelief," Boyle said.
Now, two weeks later, we know that it wasn't just the coach who was surprised that the conference decided to cancel basketball games three months before the season was set to begin.
BOULDER — The competition was supposed to be heating up right now. With two weeks of practice before the 2020 season-opener against Colorado State, new head coach Karl Dorrell would likely be on the verge of choosing his quarterback. It could have been true freshman Brendon Lewis, the junior Tyler Lytle or senior Sam Noyer. Who knows; maybe the late…...
BOULDER — The Pac-12 won’t play sports this fall, which is opening the door to a new question: Will players transfer to schools in conferences that will play football this fall? Just a few miles north of Boulder, the Colorado State Rams are already facing this problem. Tight end Trey McBride and wide receiver Warren Jackson — both of whom…...
BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes aren’t going to play this fall. The Pac-12 decided in the last couple of weeks that the COVID-19 pandemic was too far-reaching and unpredictable to allow for fall sports. So, it canceled all competitions through the end of December. The hope is for all fall sports to play seasons next spring, and that includes football. The…...
BOULDER — The Pac-12 decided Tuesday that it won't play any fall sports in 2020, and on Wednesday Colorado athletic director Rick George spoke with the media.
George, as well as the head coaches of all of the Buffs' programs affected by the decision, explained why the decision was made, what their reaction was and what to expect in the coming months.
Here are the key takeaways:
BOULDER — It finally happened.
The Pac-12 presidents voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel all competitions until Jan. 1, 2021 at the earliest. That means there will be no fall sports, including football, though those competitions could be rescheduled to the spring of 2021. The men's basketball season will have a delayed start. Teams may be allowed to practice before 2021, depending on the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are still plenty of questions to be answered, but I'll do my best to answer some of them below.
BOULDER — McKinley Wright IV began his virtual press conference, which followed his decision to return to Colorado for his senior season, with a 25-second opening statement.
He began by saying he was excited and that the Buffs had unfinished business. He said the team has a lot of key guys coming back. And then he dropped a name, the only name he brought up unprompted during his opening statement.
It wasn't the name of skilled veteran big man Evan Battey. It wasn't the name of his other returning classmate, D'Shawn Schwartz. In fact, it wasn't even the name of a player who saw the court last season.
BOULDER — McKinley Wright IV is returning to Colorado for two reasons:
To be the first member of his family to graduate from college.
To lead the Buffs to the NCAA Tournament
"A childhood dream is March Madness," Wright told reporters Wednesday. "I've been watching that since I was a kid. I've seen guys at my position perform at a high level and win at a high level in that tournament. It's something I've always wanted to be a part of."
BOULDER — Laviska Shenault Jr. is gone.
For the first time in two seasons, Colorado football fans don't know who the go-to guy in the Buffs' offense will be. Veteran running back Alex Fontenot is a candidate. True freshman running back Ashaad Clayton could give him a run for his money. Wide receiver Daniel Arias, perhaps the most impressive physical specimen on the team, could be ready to break out.
But the most-experienced piece of the offense, wide receiver K.D. Nixon, might be the best bet.
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Okay, now that you’ve listened to the important voices on this matter, you can listen to mine.
Pac-12 football players are, as you now know, trying to forever change the landscape of college athletics. They want to have a voice when those with power decide how to protect them during a pandemic. They want to be able to profit off of their status as public figures. They want to be paid for their work.
Those requests are reasonable.