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NCAA athletes raise concern regarding return to campus

Within the last few weeks, student-athletes around the country have begun to return to their respective campuses in the hopes of returning to play later this year.

However, with current spikes of COVID-19 recapturing national attention, many athletes are concerned about the future of the fall season and are questioning their return to campus with so many uncertainties up in the air and personal safety on the line.

The University of Arizona president recently released a statement stating that students would not be returning to campus under current conditions, citing the “exponential growth of cases” as the reason for a potential delayed in-person return. Arizona athletes returned to campus on June 15th for voluntary workouts but the University has since paused that plan after the state’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases and the state’s governor ordered a 30-day shutdown. However, some student-athletes, including members of the football program, are still on campus, prompting responses from team members on social media.

University of Arizona athletes have been joined by University of Illinois athletes in their concerns, and are publicly questioning university officials on the motives behind decision making.

In June, 30 UCLA football players signed a letter demanding that COVID-19 safety protocols be followed and enforced by a third party and that there be a whistleblower to report any violations against these protocols, taking protective measures into their own hands. The players also requested scholarship protections if they were to decline to participate in team activities due to personal safety concerns.

Amid discussions of player safety, student-athletes are also reigniting the conversation of being paid to play; some believe risking personal safety is more than enough reason to receive monetary compensation from universities and the NCAA.

With the situation continually shifting around the country, we will have to wait and see who (if anyone) takes the field this fall.

Article written by Abbigale Harrison

Covering KY news from DC. This should be fun. Twitter: @theabbiharrison

9 Comments for NCAA athletes raise concern regarding return to campus

  1. UKinIN
    11:36 am July 5, 2020 Permalink

    There are legitimate concerns, there is stupidity, and there are people that will always try to take advantage of an opportunity. Just shut the season down and shut them all up.

  2. runningunnin.454
    12:01 pm July 5, 2020 Permalink

    So, is it about safety…or money? Let’s just shut it all down…college sports, nba, nfl, mlb, all of it.
    We don’t have to have sports; and, they can go out in the real world, and try to make a living…you know the real world, where they don’t pay you millions to play a game you say you love.
    The whining and complaining is wearing me quite thin…cry me a river. When I was 19, I was in a combat zone, and people were shooting at me…and I didn’t get 3 bands.

    • UKFanSC
      12:16 pm July 5, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly. Very well said.

    • satcheluk
      8:29 am July 6, 2020 Permalink

      I am continually amazed at the subtle and overt racism expressed here. You who do, make me sick.

    • satcheluk
      8:30 am July 6, 2020 Permalink

      That was not meant to be a reply to running.

  3. BowdenQB4ever
    1:44 pm July 5, 2020 Permalink

    Always nice to hear athletes speak out. Not sure if anyone has watched the suddenly controversial Gone With The Wind on HBO Max, but the affirmative action hire they got to present the film takes exception to the portrayal of blacks having a “sub literate” dialect. Really not sure what the problem is when our modern college educated black athletes present themselves the same way when they’re trying to be taken seriously in a public forum.

  4. Lip Man 1
    1:55 pm July 5, 2020 Permalink

    The athletes at both the college and pro level will ultimately decide things and with more and more athletes at all levels getting sick this is a plan for disaster.

    You know what? You’ll still live if there aren’t any sports until January 2021.

    Just amazing how self centered and stupid some people are, “I WANT MY SPORTS DAMMIT! AND I DON’T GIVE A DAMN WHO GETS SICK…”

    Total insanity.

  5. lizard king
    5:39 pm July 5, 2020 Permalink

    Those athletes are concerned about coming back to campus but probably out protesting in masses of people. Take their precious scholly if no show and if no season they can take a loan out like everyone else has too
    Bet they want to be back then or just content to live off a government check

    • DelrayCat
      7:05 pm July 5, 2020 Permalink

      Ah yes, spoken like a true MAGA douchebag.