Will the Great Power 5 Conferences ever get on the same page?

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Will the Great Power 5 Conferences ever get on the same page?

the Power 5 conferences right now and it’s a rather awkward situation in the world of college football.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already made the decision to cancel the 2020 football season, but the Big 12, SEC and ACC are all still moving forward with plans to play this year.

As we discussed yesterday, there’s a strong divide between the Power 5 conferences right now and it’s a rather awkward situation in the world of college football. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already made the decision to cancel the 2020 football season, but the Big 12, SEC and ACC are all still moving forward with plans to play this year. Perhaps one of those three will turn into a swing conference and provide some cover for the other two, but right now things are divided. The Big 12 even moved forward and released its schedule yesterday.
And not only is the Power 5 divided, but the individual conferences seem to be divided too. Nebraska made it clear that they weren’t happy with the Big Ten’s decision and the school would look to explore other opportunities (aka explore joining another conference) to compete. Yikes.
And, for what it’s worth, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren squashed the idea of the Cornhuskers temporarily competing in another conference yesterday. So it seems that tensions are just a little high .But the thought is now out there, and our Dennis Dodd says that player raids and micro conference realignments are within the realm of possibility. What if the schools that are playing try to poach players from some of the nation’s top competitors?
  • Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson: “To the extent others think there’s an opportunity to essentially come recruit our players, we would say, ‘Have at it.’ We’re not going to change what’s important to us.”
Power 5 Conferences and Football

Power 5 Conferences and Football

With that in mind, things are messy now… but there’s potential for it to get a whole lot messier in the fallout.

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On a somewhat related note, fans of Big Ten and Pac-12 schools may now be looking to temporarily shift their fandom so that they may have a team to root for this season. Our Chip Patterson put together an awesome guide to help out with that, suggesting a few surviving 2020 college football teams for somber fans of every Big Ten program.
So, we’ve got disagreements and infighting, shifting loyalties, raids and side pieces from across the way. This season of college football could be so dysfunctional it passes as a season of “Real Housewives.”

As a decision, the scheduling changes achieved one primary goal: to buy time and wiggle room as conference administrators and medical advisors weighed potential options to handling health and safety concerns. In the meantime, two Group of Five conferences, the MAC and Mountain West, have opted to cancel the season.

One significant concern that has developed in the weeks since is the growing awareness of potential long-term health issues that could arise among student-athletes who may otherwise dodge the primary symptoms of the coronavirus — including myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle that can impact the heart’s ability to pump blood normally.

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“We are concerned about health outcomes related to the virus,” the group said. “Among these, there is new and evolving information regarding potential serious cardiac side effects in elite athletes. We do not have enough information to understand the short and long-term outcomes regarding these health issues.”

The SEC will continue to be patient, commissioner Greg Sankey said Monday. In a series of tweets, Sankey said the conference “has been deliberate at each step since March,” citing as an example the decision to move the start of the regular season to the end of September.

“We know concerns remain,” Sankey said. “Can we play? I don’t know. We haven’t stopped trying. We support, educate and care for student-athletes every day, and will continue to do so…every day.”

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If medical concerns served as the driving force for the Big Ten and Pac-12, for other Power Five leagues to play amid the same uncertainty would require accepting that student-health wellness may be the collateral damage behind competition.

Players and coaches seem willing to take that gamble. Within the past week, several of the biggest names in college football have voiced their willingness to accept this risk, including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. At the same time, coaches such as Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh have issued statements advocating for play to continue as scheduled in September.

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“I’m passionate about this because our guys want to play,” he said.

“If I had a son, I would want him playing football. I think this is the safest place he could be, and a lot of schools around the conference probably feel the same way, that the safest environment we can put these guys in is an environment where they’re being monitored constantly, being screened, being tested, being taken care of, being protected if they do get sick.”

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Yet the choice rests not among players and coaches but in the hands of university presidents representing the remaining conferences in the Power Five. While acknowledging the financial stakes of not conducting a season, these administrators may eventually find themselves unable to justify how college football and COVID-19 can safely coexist.

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