President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may ‘pay nothing’ as part of the unemployment plan that Trump denies the White House asked about his addition to Mount Rushmore Trump, US faces UN key vote on Iran more on Monday urged university presidents and athletics directors to move forward with this college football season, despite security concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
“Student-athletes have worked very hard to cancel their season,”; Trump tweeted, sharing the hashtag #WeWantToPlay used by some prominent college footballers.
The student-athletes have worked very hard to cancel their season. #WeWantToPlay https://t.co/lI3CCKZ4ID
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
The president shared a post by Trevor Lawrence, one of the sport’s most prominent players, in which the Clemson University defender expressed his desire to play and called for the NCAA and individual conferences to establish safety procedures and uniform rules on eligibility.
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, when asked about the tweet during a press conference, said Trump “would very much like college football to certainly resume his sport.”
“They work their whole lives at the moment, and he would like to see them have a chance to live in their dream,” McEnany told the players.
Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany: “[President Trump] we will gladly see college football resume safely. “pic.twitter.com/X6c6mTpfus
– The Hill (@thehill) August 10, 2020
Top college conferences aired on the eve of the fall season break since Monday. The Mid-American Conference on Saturday became the first Football Cup Football Division to announce it was canceling the fall season. The Ivy League had done the same last month.
The Big Ten and Pacific-12 conferences reportedly came close to doing the same, though no official announcement had been made as of Monday afternoon.
Public health experts and some players have expressed concerns about the sustainability of a season, given that college teams are unable to practice, play and live in a bubble environment used by professional leagues like the NBA and NHL. Approximately 30 college players have already chosen not to play this season, and some have reported experiencing severe symptoms and side effects from contracting the virus.
I want to play, but I really believe we need to be safe. Information on my medical history with Covid-19 is widely available. Please see … https: //t.co/nPy8jEvepW
– Brady Feeney (@brady_feeney) August 10, 2020
But dozens of footballers have clarified that they are interested in having a season, and conservative lawmakers have joined the push in recent days.
Her. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric Sasse White House officials, Democrats against legality, content of executive orders Kudlow acknowledges executive orders could end up in court: ‘We will move forward with our actions anyway’ Some GOP lawmakers express concern about orders Trump executive MORE (R-Neb.), A former president of Midland University, wrote to the presidents and chancellors of Big Ten universities on Monday urging them not to cancel the season.
“Life is about trade. There is no guarantee that college football will be completely safe – this is absolutely true; it is always true,” he wrote. “But the structure and discipline of football programs is very likely to be safer than the lived experience of 18-22 year olds would be if there is not a season. “