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Monday Rundown: Players Ready to Sit?

August 3, 2020

I hope some of you got out and enjoyed your weekend. It was warm and sunny and even though the pandemic rages on, there’s still a lot of beautiful outdoor activities for you to safely enjoy if you look for it. 

Whether you’re in quarantine or not, the sports world pushes on. And on Sunday the Pac-12 raised some eyebrows nationally with a group of players threatening to sit for the season if certain demands are not met. 

Let’s dive right into what you might have missed this weekend.

Will Pac-12 Players Sit?

I don’t have any intention of making this political or speaking negatively of this movement the players have started. But on Sunday a wave of ‘We Are United’ hashtags flew out from Pac-12 players, most notably Oregon defensive back Jevon Holland who seemed to be at the forefront of the movement. 

Shortly after, Jevon and other Oregon players did offer a tweet indicating they support Mario Cristobal and the Oregon staff’s efforts to keep players safe. 

The real question now becomes just how far are these players willing to go with this stand? Will this have any implications to the potential season ahead? Will there be ongoing discussions? Will players of other conferences unite and make a similar stand?

All questions we have without answers. 

With so many questions prior to this movement, the NCAA and Pac-12 certainly seem to have its hands full at the moment with not only this issue, but also resuming football and Fall sports.

Football is Back

For now at least. But in case you missed it, the Pac-12 did announce a Sept. 26 start date to the Pac-12 season. Oregon will host Colorado to start its season.

Additionally Fall camp is open to start on August 17 for Oregon and the other Pac-12 programs. 

There still remains a lot of questions regarding fan attendance and other variables. The Pac-12 left those decisions up to local and state health authorities of each respective program. Which means Oregon could have 50% crowd capacity while USC has no attendance for example. 

It will be interesting to see how this is navigated and I know many of you are aware of my skepticism regarding an actual September start. If we don’t see improvement in Covid-19 numbers soon I would expect the Pac-12 and other conference to push the start date back even as late as Janaury.

Trouble In Pullman?

On Sunday there were a lot of tweets about Washington State and head coach Nick Rolovich. A number of reporters insinuated players had been cut from the team for taking part in the ‘We Are United’ movement. 

Washington State soon after said those reports were not true. 

For Nick Rolovich, who has yet to coach a game at Wazzu, this likely becomes a bit of a PR nightmare in the short term. 

It will be interesting to see this unfold this week as there is lots of back and forth on this matter and I’m going to wager we end up hearing this was a ‘misunderstanding.’

Foster Sticks to Decision Date

It looks like we will know where 5-Star Bryce Foster is headed in a few short months. On Sunday he posted the following:

Which seems to indicate his plan for making a commitment. Now the hang up currently is he has yet to visit Oregon but if the Ducks can get him on campus between now and then that’s a massive boost to its chances. Oklahoma remains the biggest threat, if not the leader in his recruitment currently.

Kingsley on Deck

Four-star offensive lineman Kingsley Suamataia indicated he will be making his decision ‘within a few weeks’ but didn’t provide a specific date. 

Oregon appears to be the team to beat and has likely been the team to beat for some time. Suamataia seemed close to a decision a time or two but delayed hoping to take more visits. With those visits not being able to happen, he is now ready to make his college choice.

Thornton on the Clock Too?

It’s a cryptic tweet but if Oregon can manage to get things going again, maybe Dont’e Thornton could be closer to a decision than originally planned. 

There isn’t a lot of information to glean from this tweet but I’ll add it to the recap anyways.








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