Will SEC, others go after Pac-12 players after cancelling season?

Will SEC, others go after Pac-12 players after cancelling season?

Things are happening, and they are happening fast.

On Tuesday, Pac-12 leaders voted unanimously to postpone all sports through the end of the year, the conference announced.

The Pac-12 football season is canceled. At least, for now.

“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,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.  “Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.”

Pac-12 student-athletes will continue to have their scholarships guaranteed due to this cancellation, but one question has been brought up on Twitter and as well on the webinar:

Could other schools from the SEC and ACC recruit Pac-12 players for this season, since their season is now canceled for the year?

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An interesting question, but ultimately, that is up for the players to decide.

During a webinar involving the Pac-12 leaders Tuesday, ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson was asked the question on his thoughts on other schools coming to grab student-athletes from the conference.
His answer was blunt and simple:

We will play again, and to the extent that others think there is an opportunity to essentially come and recruit our players then we would say ‘hey, have at it’. We are not going to change what is important to us,  which is protecting our student-athletes, worried about whether others want to come and try and try to entice our student-athletes away. We think out student-athletes will appreciate that we have done what is in their best interests, short, and long term.

This could have some potential of getting shaky if student-athletes decide they want to move on elsewhere for the season.

Conferences like the SEC and ACC are still open and playing this season, but that is still up for debate between those conferences at the moment.

Commissioner of the Pac-12 Larry Scott knows the cancellation of the season is ultimately still up to them.

“Everyone is going to make their independent decisions,” Larry Scott said, towards the end of the webinar. “We certainly respect our colleagues. We have been trying to very collaborative, communicative with our peers across the county, but at the end of the day, our president and chancellors look at what the best interest of  Pac-12 student-athletes. This is uncharted territory,  and this is a very unique year. It will get better in time.”

The NCAA has to ultimately decide if the players are able to have immediate eligibility following the cancellation of their season.

And frankly, the students have a good argument for the NCAA to potentially make that happen with no fall sports now.

Even if immediate eligibility did happen, certainly don’t expect every single player in the Pac-12 to make a move.

In order to accept a transfer, a school must have room in its recruiting class and on its roster. 

By this point in the year, most schools are just about out of the room.  They might find a way to take a player or two if this situation did happen, but you won’t see hundreds of August and September transfers finding their way to the field of play this fall regardless of what the NCAA decides. 

The Pac-12, as well as the Big 10, hopes to resume sports competition in spring 2021, but have not announced any specific plans.

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Breaking: Pac-12 unanimously cancels 2020 college football, fall sports

Breaking: Pac-12 unanimously cancels 2020 college football, fall sports

The final domino has officially fallen for the 2020 college football season.

COVID-19 continues to spread widely throughout the United States, creating both health and financial complexities surrounding college sports. 

The season has already been disrupted from Division I teams electing for conference-only schedules to Division II and III schools cancelling fall sports championships. The Big Sky Conference is rumored to cancel fall football and the MAC became the first conference to cancel the 2020 football season.  

On Tuesday, within minutes of the Big 10 announcing the cancellation of their fall sports, the Pac-12 followed suit.

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The Pac-12 will hold a press conference at 1:30pm Tuesday. 

Throughout this ‘what-if’ and planning season, both Oregon and Oregon State players were adamant about letting their voices be heard and using social media platforms to do just that through the Pac-12’s #WeAreUnited. 

"We love the communities we compete for,” Oregon safety Jevon Holland said in a letter to The Players’ Tribune. “But, we are afraid of the potential ramifications of athletes playing sports before it is adequately safe enough to do so. Our deepest fear is the Pac-12's negligent return to play may result in a member of our Pac-12 family dying due to COVID-19.'"

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According to ESPN, emails between leaders from the Pac-12 #WeAreUnited unity group and conference commissioner Larry Scott “show a stark divide regarding how the parties felt Thursday's initial meeting went in regard to the student group's concerns about the conference's return-to-play policies related to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Now, the players and coaches can continue to focus on their healthy and the safety of others with the ongoing pandemic. 

Perhaps the season will be moved to the spring?

Reminder, the 2021 NFL Draft is set to take place April 29 - May 1, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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REPORT: Pac-12 league presidents will vote Tuesday on 2020 college football season

REPORT: Pac-12 league presidents will vote Tuesday on 2020 college football season

In less than 24 hours, Pac-12 college football fans, players and coaching staff across the conference will finally have the answer they have been looking for.

According to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, Pac-12 Athletic Directors met with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott on Monday night to discuss more on the season ahead.

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So far, here’s what we know:

- The players have spoke their minds through several movements on social media: #WeAreUnited and #WeWantToPlay.

- Each Power 5 conference has a different opinion on playing college football in fall.

- The NCAA has left these decisions in the hands of the conference leaders, but has given the players the choice to opt out without penalty of scholarship, eligibility, medical expenses and a hotline to report infractions. 

- Nebraska head coach Scott Frost stated on Monday that the Cornhuskers want to play and are open to “other options” such as playing outside the already designed conference-only schedule.

- The Mountain West canceled all 2020 sports on Monday and are looking to reschedule to spring 2021 as an option.

- UConn became the first FBS team to cancel football in 2020.

- The coronavirus pandemic is continuously spreading.

According to the report from Feldman, the vote is whether to postpone, delay or proceed with the 2020 football season, which could mean a bunch of different scenarios and still no clear path. But at least there will be an answer, right?

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Mountain West Conference cancels football, fall sports in 2020

Mountain West Conference cancels football, fall sports in 2020

Another domino in the 2020 collegiate football world fell on Monday, August 10.

The Mountain West Conference has canceled football along with all other fall sports in 2020.

The conference will look at the 2021 spring sports season as an option. 

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said in a statement:

I fully understand the impact of this outcome on our student- athletes, coaches, administrators and staff who work so hard daily to play the sports we all love, and I share in their disappointment. We will continue to navigate this pandemic together, overcome the obstacles and return to intercollegiate athletics at the earliest opportunity. — Craig Thompson

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The Mountain West conference is comprised of 12 Division I, FBS schools:

MOUNTAIN: Boise State, Air Force, Utah State, Wyoming, Colorado State and New Mexico

WEST: Hawai’i, San Diego State, Nevada, San Jose State, Fresno State and UNLV

Former Oregon Duck offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo was named the next head coach of the UNLV Rebels after last season’s 2020 Rose Bowl run. Arroyo and the Rebels will have to wait until at least 2021.

According to latest reports, the Power 5 conference leaders are not on the same page in terms of playing in 2020.

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On Monday, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost (former Oregon Duck offensive coordinator) stated that his team is ready to play outside the Big Ten conference

We want to play a Big Ten schedule. I think the only reason we would look at any other options is if for some reason the Big Ten wasn't playing and only a handful of teams from the Big Ten wanted to continue playing. I think if that's the case, I think we're prepared to look at any and all options. — Scott Frost

While rumors are spreading like a wildfire of the 2020 season getting canceled altogether, the players are making one last stand trying to have their voices be heard in what seems like a last ditch effort to salvage the season.

We should know soon enough if the Power 5 conference will follow in the footsteps of the Mountain West.

Report: Big-10, Pac-12 to cancel CFB season, players ignite #WeWantToPlay movement

Report: Big-10, Pac-12 to cancel CFB season, players ignite #WeWantToPlay movement

With what seems like the 2020 Division I collegiate football season hanging by the tiniest thread, the players are making one last ditch effort to save the season and play football in 2020.

Late Sunday evening, several players flooded your social media timeline with a photo of all Power 5 conference logos and the statement:

We all want to play football this season. Establish universal mandated health & safety procedures and protocols to protect college-athletes against COVID-19 among all conferences throughout the NCAA. Give players the opportunity to opt-out and respect their decision. Guarantee eligibility whether a player chooses to play the season or not. Use our voices to establish open communication & trust between players and officials; ultimately create a college football players association. Representative of the players of all power 5 conference.

Of those players sharing this image on social media are likely No. 1 and. No. 2 2021 NFL Draft picks Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. These two not opting out of the season and taking a stand to conference commissioners is a big deal:

Also retweeting this statement are current Oregon and Oregon State players such as Jaydon Grant, Thomas Graham Jr. and Bennett Williams.

This movement comes hours after rumors of the season getting pulled at any moment.

[RELATED]: Report: Power 5 Conferences leaning towards cancelling 2020 CFB season

Per ESPN, Power 5 commissioners held an emergency meeting on Sunday due to growing concern that football and other fall sports will not be played due to the COVID-19 virus. 

“It’s gotten to a critical stage," one told SI according to Pat Forde. "I think all of us will be meeting with our boards in the coming days. We have work to do that is no fun.”

Multiple sources told ESPN that a postponement or cancellation seems "inevitable," with speculation that the Big Ten or Pac-12 may be the first to announce.

On Monday morning, Dan Patrick reported via a source that the Big-10 and Pac-12 will cancel their football seasons on Tuesday.

Will the players taking a stand and wanting their voices to be heard make a difference if the conference chairs have already made a decision?

We will know likely sooner rather than later.

Report: Power 5 Conferences leaning towards cancelling 2020 CFB season

Report: Power 5 Conferences leaning towards cancelling 2020 CFB season

The road to the 2020 college football season has been murky ever since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March and it appears that road may not lead anywhere, at least this year.

Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger reported that sources tell him that the Big Ten is moving toward not playing out the 2020 college football season while in talks with over Power 5 conferences on a "uniform decision."

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“It’s gotten to a critical stage," one told SI according to Pat Forde. "I think all of us will be meeting with our boards in the coming days. We have work to do that is no fun.”

Per ESPN, Power 5 commissioners held an emergency meeting on Sunday due to growing concern that football and other fall sports will not be played due to the COVID-19 virus.  

The network reports that the Big Ten, who was the first conference to move to an all-conference football schedule, is ready to pull the plug on the 2020 season and move it to the spring. However, they are talking with the other Power 5 commissioners before announcing their decision unlike when they announced the all-conference schedule which was seen as a rushed decision by conferences such as the SEC. 

The Big Ten presidents didn't vote at Saturday's meeting but will meet again Sunday night.

"It doesn't look good," one Power 5 athletic director told ESPN.

Multiple sources told ESPN that a postponement or cancellation seems "inevitable," with speculation that the Big Ten or Pac-12 may be the first to announce.

"Nobody wanted to be the first to do it," a Power 5 coach told ESPN, "and now nobody will want to be the last."

"It feels like no one wants to, but it's reaching the point where someone is going to have to," another Power 5 administrator added. 

A few weeks after the Pac-12 followed the Big Ten in announcing an all-conference schedule, the conference unveiled a new, ten-game, conference only schedule for each team that will begin on September 26. 

[RELATED]: Oregon Ducks 2020 conference-only college football schedule revealed

However, shortly after, hundreds of players including Oregon safety Jevon Holland and Oregon State cornerback Jaydon Grant released an open letter to their conference via the Player's Tribune titled "#WeAreUnited." 

Inside, they made demands including the ability to receive payments, safety during the coronavirus pandemic, and greater racial justice policies. If the conference decides to not comply, then they threatened to sit out the 2020 college football season.

Twelve of the players later had a call with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and other conference officials that at first was reported as "productive" before several players went on the record saying that Scott was "condescending and dismissive of them."

Expect an official announcement to happen sooner than later.

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CB Jaylen Martin commits to the Oregon State Beavers

CB Jaylen Martin commits to the Oregon State Beavers

The dam continues to get stronger.

Unrated Florida 5A All-State cornerback Jaylen Martin has committed to Oregon State as announced via his Twitter Friday morning.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play this sport and receive these blessings,” wrote Martin. “Also, I’d like to thank my coaches and people who helped me along the way throughout this process. I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me. With that being said, I will be COMMITTING TO OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY!!!”

The 6'1," 163-pound prospect held offers from Washington State, UCF, Iowa State, Kansas, and more. 

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Martin is the ninth commitment for Oregon State in the 2021 class that will be smaller than most class sizes due to a lack of graduating seniors last season. 

[RELATED]: Meet the 2021 Oregon State Beavers recruiting class so far

The Beavers have the No. 12 composite recruiting class in the Pac-12, No. 94 nationally, but if you rank it by average recruit the Beavs rank No. 9 in the Pac-12. 

You can watch his junior season highlights here.

Pac-12 leaders schedule call with #WeAreUnited group over 2020 season

Pac-12 leaders schedule call with #WeAreUnited group over 2020 season

A group of conference players and Pac-12 leaders have agreed to schedule a call about the players potentially boycotting the 2020 season.

On Wednesday, an email was sent out to the #WeAreUnited group where commissioner Larry Scott proposed a Zoom call at 8 p.m. PT Thursday to discuss the athletes’ list of demands.

Those lists of demands were revealed over the weekend in a public unveiling.

The call would include Scott, ASU athletic director Ray Anderson, Utah athletic director Mark Harlan and Pac-12 assistant commissioner Chris Merino, the league’s liaison to student-athlete groups.

The group’s demands are as reasonable as asking the league to form a permanent civic engagement task force for social injustice issues and as aggressive as asking Scott to take a pay cut and demanding the league distribute 50% of each sport's conference revenue among athletes.

Last Wednesday, players and virus-related demands were met when the NCAA announced a series of health and safety requirements for schools and conferences implemented during the 2020 season.

In those demands, the NCAA is requiring all schools to cover athlete expenses related to COVID-19 and to honor all scholarships for players who opt out of the season. The association is also banning all liability waivers that schools were requiring athletes to sign. 

Scotts plans to, on Thursday, send the group the most updated health and safety guidelines and protocols by the Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee.

Several Pac-12 players have voiced their public support for the movement while also announcing that they plan to play this season if the demands are met or not.

The call between the Pac-12 leaders and players could be monumental in college football history with players and athletic administrators coming together and negotiating terms of safety on all fronts.

We will see how the call turns out when it wraps up later tonight.

What we learned from the NCAA’s announcement regarding fall sports

What we learned from the NCAA’s announcement regarding fall sports

The state of college football and other Division I sports in the fall remains uncertain due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Each power 5 conference (besides the Big 12) has announced a new 2020 football schedule with solely conference opponents starting in late September. The Big Ten was the last of the power 5 conferences to make this announcement, which occurred on Wednesday.

Now that all power 5 conferences have slated a conference-only football schedule, the NCAA Board of Directors also announced on Wednesday to let each school and conference decide on what to do about fall sports relating to preseason, regular season and postseason activities.

The NCAA Board of Governors has directed schools and conferences to meet specific requirements if they are to conduct NCAA fall sports during the preseason, regular season and postseason. Further, each division is directed to determine its ability to meet those requirements to conduct fall championships.

OPT OUT

All student-athletes must be allowed to opt out of participation due to concerns about contracting COVID-19. If a college athlete chooses to opt out, that individual’s athletic scholarship commitment must be honored by the college or university.

ELIGIBILITY

Each division must determine no later than Aug. 14 the eligibility accommodations that must be made for student-athletes who opt out of participating this fall or for those whose seasons are canceled or cut short due to COVID-19. College athletes and their families must know what their eligibility status will be before beginning the fall season.

MEDICAL EXPENSES

Member schools may not require student-athlete to waive their legal rights regarding COVID-19 as a condition of athletics participation. Member schools, in conjunction with existing insurance standards, must cover COVID-19 related medical expenses for student-athletes to prevent out-of-pocket expenses for college athletes and their families. 

REPORTING

The NCAA will establish a phone number and email to allow college athletes, parents or others to report alleged failures. The association will notify school and conference administrators, who will be expected to take immediate action.

The divisions must determine by Aug. 21 whether their respective fall sports seasons and NCAA championships should occur this year.

While the NCAA preaches the health and safety of the student-athletes at the forefront of all these decisions, there is still some skepticism about what certain people will do in order to have football in the fall.

For example, Colorado State is currently being investigated after rumors of student-athletes being intimidated and threatened as leaders sought to disregard COVID-19 protocols. 

We are also seeing several top NFL prospects opting out of the 2020 season.

Oregon junior safety Jevon Holland, along with several other Pac-12 players, took a stand this week with the #WeAreUnited movement on social media and a letter in The Players’ Tribune.

[RELATED]: What Jevon Holland, Pac-12 CFB players are demanding or else they'll sit

“We’re not your entertainment, we’re human beings,” Holland told Sports Illustrated. “Just like you would help your family, we want to help our mother, father, grandmother, everyone.

“We don’t know the long term risks. We have no idea how it’s going to affect our body regardless if we show symptoms or not. I refuse to put my health at risk for somebody else’s benefit.”

Oregon State safety Jaydon Grant also jumped on the #WeAreUnited movement too and stated that the Pac-12 is 'rushing football back for money':

At what point are we putting football over human lives? Based on the NCAA's decision, it's in the hands of the schools and conferences but most importantly, the players.

Why former Oregon State guard Mikayla Pivec opted out of 2020 WNBA season

Why former Oregon State guard Mikayla Pivec opted out of 2020 WNBA season

Mikayla Pivec’s legacy at Oregon State will be talked about for years to come.

The 5-foot-11 guard and all-time program leader in career rebounds (1,030) was a spectacular leader both on and off the court throughout her four-year campaign in Corvallis, Oregon.

It’s why the Atlanta Dream couldn’t pass her up with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft.

Five weeks after the selection, Pivec decided to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season, which was still up-in-the-air at that time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dream PR stated her absence was due to personal reasons.

Pivec joined host Ron Callan on the latest episode of the Talkin’ Beavers Podcast to discuss the decision further.

The best decision for me and my basketball future was to opt out this season. Still love the Dream organization and have the opportunity to stay in training camp next year, so excited for the opportunity when the time comes. — Mikayla Pivec

Instead of joining the Dream down in the ‘Wubble’ as the WNBA season has restarted at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, Pivec has signed overseas with CD Promete in Spain. 

The Promete Sports Club is a Fundación Promete project consisting in the design of an educational environment in a defined and specific environment, such as a sports club considered as an ecosystem, with the aim of investigating and experimenting with the operational implementation of the principles of the new paradigm.

César Aneas, coach of the LF Endesa Promete Campus, has also had an impact on how complete Pivec is. "She is a very talented player who dominates many facets of the game, very capable of scoring, but also of generating and assisting," 

No surprise that coaches take note of how versatile Pivec is and something that her former collegiate head coach Scott Rueck loved about her too:

For now, Pivec will take her talents overseas and Beavs fans will have to wait until 2021 to see Pivec sport the Dream attire in the WNBA.

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