US President Donald Trump has backed calls led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence for college football season to be played amid growing cases of coronavirus in the country.
Widespread reports suggest The Big Ten are bowing straight pulling the plug on its fall sports season, with other Power 5 conferences – ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC – under discussion and possibly following.
But Clemson star defender Lawrence posted a statement on behalf of the athletes asking for the season to be played, with Trump joining the debate by quoting tweeting in response.
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He wrote: “Student-athletes have worked hard for their cancellation season. #WeWantToPlay. “
“We want to play football this season,”; read the players’ statement. Establish universal safety and health procedures and protocols mandated to protect college athletes against Covid-19 between all conferences across the NCAA.
“Give players the opportunity to choose and respect their decision. Guarantee acceptability whether a player chooses to play the season or not.
“Use our voices to create open communication and trust between players and officials.
Ultimately, create an association of college football players. Representative of players of all Power 5 conferences ”.