fbpx
Connect with us

Coronavirus

Big Ten, PAC-12 Cancel 2020 Fall Sports

Published

on

Two of the major NCAA sports conferences, the Big Ten and the PAC-12, have voted to cancel their fall sports seasons over coronavirus concerns, ESPN reports.

What We Know:

  • The conference’s cancelation includes college football, which both the Big Ten and PAC-12 are considered to be apart of the NCAA’s “Power 5” conferences. Reports say presidents of Big Ten universities voted 12-2 Monday to cancel this year’s football season, with only Nebraska and Iowa voting to play. All 14 teams released an updated schedule last week and began their fall camps which will not be put on hold.
  • “All the decisions we would make during my tenure here will always put the mental and physical health and wellness of our student-athletes at the center,” Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. “We just believed collectively there’s too much uncertainty at this point in time in our country to encourage our student-athletes to participate in fall sports.”
  • The official announcement by the Big Ten to cancel all fall sports was pushed to Tuesday in hopes that the other Power 5 conferences (the ACC, SEC, BIG 12, and PAC-12) would align with their decision. Of the other Power 5 conferences, only the PAC-12 has decided to follow the Big Ten’s lead. “The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott noted.
  • Both the ACC and SEC have suggested that they plan to play their fall sports seasons this year, though the Big Ten and PAC-12’s decisions could have implications on those plans.
  • Clemson starting quarterback and future top NFL draft pick Trevor Lawrence has been a consistent advocate for their right to play. The Tigers currently play in the ACC.

  • Coaches and administrators from both leagues have expressed strong feels regarding the decision, specifically citing their player’s hard work. Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith described it as “an incredibly sad day for our student athletes” while Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh said that NCAA athletes “have committed, trained and prepared their entire lives for this opportunity” and that he shares in their disappointment.
  • The Mid-American Conference postponed its fall football games Saturday and the University of Connecticut, which would have played as an independent this year, announced last week that it too would be cancelling its 2020 football season.

The Big Ten and PAC-12’s decision come as coronavirus fears continue to mount in the U.S. as case numbers rise and the economy struggles to get back on its own two feet.

Comments

comments

Coronavirus

Trump Slams Fauci In Campaign Call

Published

on

President Trump was heard on a Monday campaign call making rude and baseless claims about Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials.

What We Know:

  • On the call, Trump said that the country is ready to move on from the pandemic, even though 215,000 Americans are now dead and cases are spiking again. He called Fauci and health officials “idiots” and said that his large campaign rallies were no problem.
  • Trump also falsely claimed that “if I listened to him, we’d have 500,000 deaths . . . we’d have 700-800,000 deaths right now.” There’s no way to know how America would be handling the pandemic if Trump had listened to Fauci because this administration has not listened to health officials since day one. The only fact that we do know is that 215,000 people have actually died from coronavirus based on the Trump administration’s response and guidance.
  • Trump also said that Fauci has given bad health advice concerning mask wearing and that he does not want to keep him. “Every time he goes on television, there’s always a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him,” he told campaign employees on the call.

“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots — these people, these people that have gotten it wrong. Fauci’s a nice guy. He’s been here for 500 years. He called every one of them wrong. And he’s like this wonderful guy, a wonderful sage telling us how.” – President Trump

  • At the same time Trump was blasting Fauci on the campaign call, Fauci was receiving the National Academy of Medicine’s Presidential Citation for Exemplary Leadership. While accepting the honor, Fauci said “We have a lot of challenges ahead of us and I can’t help thinking that we’re really going through a time that’s disturbingly anti-science in certain segments of our society.”
  • Trump held this call two weeks before the election to offer some optimism and shore up the campaign in its final days. Trump told his staff that this is the most excited he’s been and that “we’re going to win”.

He also made the baseless claim that Democrats will be “cheating like crazy because they always cheat” and that “the only way we can lose this election is if they cheat. Okay, that’s the only way.”

Comments

comments

Continue Reading

Coronavirus

Governor Murphy Extends Temporary Hold on Utility Shutoffs Until March 2021

Published

on

Credit: Edwin J. Torres/ Governor's Office

Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Thursday that prolongs the statewide moratorium on utility shutoffs until March 15, 2021.

What We Know:

  • This decision prevents all water, electric, and gas shutoffs for residential and business clients due to nonpayment. Cable providers must allow the same relief for internet and voice services through November 15, 2020. Additionally, if a household has school-age children, their internet connectivity cannot be cut off through at least March 15, 2021.
  • According to the NJ Board of Public Utilities, more than 440,000 New Jersey residents owe gas and electric bills that are at least 90 days overdue. Additionally, almost 43,000 commercial customers are having the same problem with bills costing around $1,300.

  • Murphy advised customers struggling to pay their bills to work with their utility company and the board of public utilities to see if they qualify for a payment assistance program.
  • Despite allowing services to remain on, the moratorium, however, does not wipe away the customer’s owed balance.
  • Board of Public Utilities President Joe Fiordaliso stated:

“Eventually, everyone has to pay their bill; everyone must reach out to the utility companies[your utility], set up a payment plan so that at the end of the moratorium you’re not faced with such a gigantic bill that it becomes overwhelming.”

  • Larry Levine, Senior Attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council, thanked Governor Murphy’s continuous leadership. Due to Governor Murphy’s decision, thousands of New Jerseyans will not have to worry about their water being cut-off or losing power as the winter months approach. He also mentioned that this is an important step that will help relieve much hardship and save lives.
  • Utility businesses like PSEG, JCP&L, and Atlantic City Electric have stated their support for the extension. At least this can give some sort of peace to New Jersey residents.

Both Murphy’s moratorium extension and utility payment plans aim to soften the financial blow for New Jersey residents and businesses.

Comments

comments

Continue Reading

Coronavirus

Alabama Coach Nick Saban Tests Positive For COVID-19

Published

on

Alabama football coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne have tested positive for the coronavirus.

What We Know:

  • Saban says he is asymptomatic and he is overseeing team practices via Zoom. Saban informed his players on Wednesday of his diagnosis and told them to be very cautious about the risk of infection. The football program plans to test everyone Thursday.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19. I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis . . . Look, I basically feel like when we’re in our own personal bubble here, everybody is in a much safer place. I think as soon as you travel, you get exposed to a lot more things a lot more people.” – Nick Saban

  • Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will be in charge while Saban is recovering. Saban is hoping he can still have some say in game-time decisions if he has to miss extended time. The NCAA rules do state that there can only be communication between the press box and the team area, so Saban would not be able to communicate with the team during a game if he is quarantined.
  • Saban and Byrne are the only team members to test positive as of now. Several other head coaches have tested positive for COVID-19, including Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin and Florida State’s Mike Norvell.

Alabama is currently ranked second in the country and their next game is against No. 3 Georgia on Saturday.

Comments

comments

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Facebook

Trending