Pac-12 responds to football players threatening opt-outs

Ruben Hill
August 4, 2020

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11 players wrote a letter to Scott directly on Sunday that expanded on the list of demands, and requested daily Zoom meetings with him and every athletic director in the conference "until our demands are met". The letter was obtained by The Associated Press and first reported by Sports Illustrated. "We are eager to hear more about your concerns and very happy to discuss".

Who knows what happens next, but whether or not there is a football season next month. the Pac-12 football players appear to have organized and even after there is a vaccine, why would they stop asking for the non-pandemic related stuff? The players on those calls then relayed the info to their teammates and now multiple sources have told ESPN that hundreds of players are involved in the effort using the hashtag #WeAreUnited.

"Specific to health and safety, the health and well-being of student-athletes is our No. 1 priority, and for this reason we have made clear on July 10 that any student-athlete who chooses not to return to competition for health or safety reasons will have their scholarship protected and will remain in good standing with their team", Scott said.

"I spoke with Kassidy Woods in a private phone conversation last Saturday afternoon".

The #WeAreUnited players' demands focused on four areas: health and safety protections, especially protocols related to COVID-19; guarding against the elimination of sports programs by schools during an economic downturn; ending racial injustice in college sports; and economic freedom and equity.

Athletes, but football players particularly, are being asked (forced) to go back to work because their unpaid labor raises millions for college athletic departments.

- Recent initiatives to address racial inequities such as the formation of a social justice & anti-racism advisory group that includes student-athletes representatives.

Players have also demanded allowing student-athletes to opt-out of play during the pandemic without losing eligibility or a spot on the team, prohibiting any COVID-19 agreements that waive liability, and player-approved health and safety standards enforced by a third party selected by players to address COVID-19.

Pac-12 football teams are scheduled to begin preseason practices August 17 and the league's conference-only regular season is set to start September 26.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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