Several big name college football players are opting out of this season, but according to a new report, almost the entire Idaho football team doesn’t want to play this fall due to coronavirus concerns.
Over at WatchStadium.com, Brett McMurphy shared the results of a confidential poll conducted by the players. Sixty of the eighty two players (73%) said they did not feel comfortable participating in the 2020 season given the current COVID-19 policies in place. So far, nine of 125 Idaho student-athletes have tested positive for the virus, with 24 currently in quarantine or isolation.
“I have family members that are immune compromised and I don’t want to risk them getting sick by playing,” a player said. “I don’t know the long-term effects of this virus and don’t want it to affect my life down the line.”
Added another player: “A lot of us feel like player safety isn’t a top priority and they’re pushing this season [to be played] without proper safety precautions. We feel it would be safer to play in the spring with the other FCS conferences that have moved to the spring.”
The Vandals are part of the Big Sky Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Later today, the NCAA Board of Governors will vote on how to handle fall sports, including the FCS. In the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), several players have expressed concerns over playing this fall, including a group from the Pac-12 that has indicated it will opt out unless certain conditions are met and several SEC players, who voiced their worries during a call with the conference’s medical advisory board and league officials.
2020: It’s a mess.