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Majority of Idaho football players don’t want to play this fall

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.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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17 Comments for Majority of Idaho football players don’t want to play this fall



  1. PensacolaCat
    1:18 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, you’d think these athletes would run through a wall to get the chance to be on the field this year. Just shows how society has become ignorant and soft.



    • bkeith75
      1:32 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

      So if a player has a live in family member with Cancer that has a compromised immune system and he chooses not to play out of concern for that family member, he is “ignorant or soft”?



    • PensacolaCat
      11:32 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

      So all these players that want to quit have family members with cancer? Not likely. I have a daughter with cancer, but I’m not quitting my job.



    • 4everUKBlue
      1:43 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

      His family member is in no more danger than last season, so yes ignorant at least.



    • 44stewart
      2:23 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

      Nope. Makes you ignorant and a person that simply refuses to believe in science.



    • satcheluk
      5:52 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

      It’s not about being soft. It’s about believing the program has your best interest first or not. Clearly the players are comfortable and shame on you for calling them soft.



  2. BigBlueFoo42777
    1:37 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Then dont play. It’s not rocket science



  3. big cat
    3:12 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Does Idaho have a football team? No loss if those pansies sit out….geez. But, I don’t care. We still have the SEC…..for now.



  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    3:51 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Idawho?



  5. T-Town Cat
    4:06 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    If they actually attend classes at Idaho, are they any less likely to be exposed to the virus by not being in a football bubble, regardless of how imperfect?



  6. crazycatfan65
    6:05 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Funny how some are the first to scream about believing in science but yet in the same breath deny science when it comes to genders.



  7. wildcats8
    6:41 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t say I blame them as someone who’s had the virus it’s no fun at all especially when you are risking your health for “amateurism”



  8. WKY Cat
    8:04 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

    Idaho has a football team?



    • Lip Man 1
      8:44 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

      Idaho has three…Boise State, Idaho and Idaho State.

      I’m one of the radio broadcasters for ISU and I can tell you its bad out here virus wise.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:49 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

      Lipman, just kidding with my prior comment. All in fun.



    • Miller45
      9:13 pm August 4, 2020 Permalink

      Apparently Bobby petrinos brother has been their head coach for 7 seasons



  9. Lip Man 1
    12:36 am August 5, 2020 Permalink

    WKY Cat: No worries.

    And the Petrino’s nephew was just named the head women’s basketball coach at Montana.