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    It was left to the FCS to kick things off this year, with Central Arkansas defeating Austin Peay 24-17 in the college football season opener tonight. Austin Peay has two more games scheduled this season and Central Arkansas has 8 more. It will be interesting to see how many COVID-19 cases result from this game.

  • #2
    Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    It was left to the FCS to kick things off this year, with Central Arkansas defeating Austin Peay 24-17 in the college football season opener tonight. Austin Peay has two more games scheduled this season and Central Arkansas has 8 more. It will be interesting to see how many COVID-19 cases result from this game.
    Were there live spectators?

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    • #3
      OK, I just found the answer to my question:

      The bleachers felt empty, too — despite seating 25,000, Cramton Bowl allowed only 2,000 fans to attend Saturday's game. They sat spread out in small family groups. The public address reminded them often to stay socially distanced and wear their masks at all times.

      https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nca...?ocid=msedgntp

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tandfman View Post

        Were there live spectators?
        There seemed to be just a smattering of fans spread throughout the stadium.

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        • #5
          Meanwhile....


          LSU star Ja'Marr Chase, the nation's top WR, expected to opt out of season and declare for 2021 NFL Draft

          https://www.cbssports.com/college-fo...mpression=true

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tandfman View Post

            Were there live spectators?
            as opposed to dead spectators?

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            • #7
              Meanwhile....


              Memphis’ preseason All-American sophomore running back Kenneth Gainwell will opt out of the 2020 college football season.

              Curtis Gainwell Sr. told The Commercial Appeal on Sunday night that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic played a role in his son's decision as the family has lost four members after contracting the virus, including an uncle whose funeral was this weekend.

              "He decided that he didn't want take any chances with the coronavirus going on. You don't want to to get out there and get sick and bring it to us, his brother or his teammates," Gainwell Sr. said.

              https://amp.commercialappeal.com/amp...mpression=true

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              • #8
                "Gainwell" makes the football name HOF!

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                • #9
                  Meanwhile....a thread...


                  Ok let's be *real* clear about something: If anywhere near half your players are missing for COVID, your team has absolutely no business getting on a freaking football field because you have a *massive outbreak.* I am truly disturbed I have to clarify this.

                  If you have 3-5 players out at any one time for COVID you should assume you have an outbreak and shouldn't play. It's not about whether you have enough guys left - it's about if you have an outbreak or not. Does anybody in college sports understand this?

                  Why do I take such a dim view of college teams pushing things too far? Shouldn't I trust these guys have health as their number one priority? Well, we've seen multiple teams continue practices through dozens of cases. So no, I've got a pretty dim view of how careful they'll be.


                  https://mobile.twitter.com/zbinney_N...45474969866240

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                  • #10
                    Meanwhile...

                    Auburn returns to practice Tuesday with 16 players out due to COVID-19 issues after a lost week

                    https://mobile.twitter.com/CollegeFo...42986388447232

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                    • #11

                      The plan to bring the students back has not survived first contact with reality. (Alternatively: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”—M. Tyson)

                      This thing has taken a rather abrupt turn. Daily new #COVID19 cases in counties with at least 13% of the population enrolled in college -- heading opposite the national trend. Can you spot your college-town county?

                      https://mobile.twitter.com/familyune...38208721776646

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                        Meanwhile....a thread...


                        Ok let's be *real* clear about something: If anywhere near half your players are missing for COVID, your team has absolutely no business getting on a freaking football field because you have a *massive outbreak.* I am truly disturbed I have to clarify this.

                        If you have 3-5 players out at any one time for COVID you should assume you have an outbreak and shouldn't play. It's not about whether you have enough guys left - it's about if you have an outbreak or not. Does anybody in college sports understand this?

                        Why do I take such a dim view of college teams pushing things too far? Shouldn't I trust these guys have health as their number one priority? Well, we've seen multiple teams continue practices through dozens of cases. So no, I've got a pretty dim view of how careful they'll be.


                        https://mobile.twitter.com/zbinney_N...45474969866240
                        The issue with playing sports has always been how much significance is put on a positive test. For some....and in my case I'm surrounded by the many....it is a matter of any single case is not a big deal. So a team with 30 of them means they won't have 30 players available for practice for a few days and then they'll return. It's nothing more than that. The under 30 crowd in a general sense seems to think this way. It appears poster guru thinks this way.

                        It'll be the same in the NFL. If a team is without their entire DL, I'm betting they'll play and practice. It's less a matter of care than believing in how serious this really is.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gh View Post

                          as opposed to dead spectators?
                          Well, we have seen mannequins, robots, cardboard cutouts among other non-live spectators. We have also heard pre-recorded cheers at Stockholm DL.

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                          • #14

                            NEWS: #LSU DT Tyler Shelvin informed the coaching staff today that he plans to opt out of the 2020 season, sources told @SINow
                            . He's a redshirt junior and is eligible for the 2021 draft.

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                            • #15

                              NFL draft: Ja'Marr Chase's non-COVID opt out could signal huge trend for future prospects


                              If there wasn’t already concern among college coaches about the opt-out effect, this should be the biggest warning flare of them all. Chase is likely going to be the tipping point for top prospects from now on.

                              https://sports.yahoo.com/amphtml/nfl...mpression=true


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