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IF they (P5) follow suit it'll be because they see the Ivy Academia as an umbrella deferring to their decision versus making one of their own.

It does not make any sense. Ivy schools don't receive TV money and they are not scholarshipped athletes leaving their actions and opinions moot.
 

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As of now, University of Montana has decided to start school the fall semester earlier and end prior to Thanksgiving break.

They are trying to prevent everyone traveling for Thanksgiving and returning and potentially increasing the number of positive tesr cases. I expect others to do similar.
 

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After my earlier reply I took a quick ride and listened to one of the college football podcast from ESPN...this one had an interview with Bruce Feldman. I don't know if it was intentional, but he made a comment that caught my attention.


"When I asked some of the University presidents how they'd react to other groups saying 'if you start the season and the Ivy doesn't, then you're taking advantage of young kids for the sake of the dollar." He went on to comment how he felt they'd feel pressure to "cave in." (my words.)

In my opinion when a media member asked how someone will respond to a hypothetical situation they're, more often than not, setting up a narrative for the future. It's planting seeds for the lack of a better expression.
 

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Harvard can afford it. 95% of other schools can't. I believe the economy has had enough. Printing money is going to hurt in the long term so working minded folks better get to making it. Gasoline is up. So travel is up despite the virus.
 

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On face value, this carries truth. But is sorely lacks true context.


Yes, athletic departments are found all across that collegiate landscape that are in the red at the end of the year. And yes, football is a great expense. But, it's that very thing, football, that finances other programs as well.

It's another narrative being created in my view.
 

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Question is why? Killing college sports would hurt minorities (especially black males) more than any other group. The number of black males given a chance to get out of poverty through sports is huge and the idea of doing so drives the dreams of many of not most black youth. Should we begin the "killing sports is racist" angle now to counteract them?
 

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Spring semester starts in mid January, so they'd have time to quarantine if needed? Ironically there is no spacer after spring break, that may change.

Most impressive University President...


Before coming to the University of Montana, President Bodnar was a senior executive at the General Electric Company, serving as its first-ever Chief Digital Officer and leading GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions business. Prior to GE, President Bodnar served on faculty at West Point where he taught economics.

President Bodnar graduated first in his class from West Point, received both the Rhodes and Truman scholarships, and earned two master’s degrees from the University of Oxford. President Bodnar had a distinguished military career, serving in the 101st Airborne Division and the U.S. Army’s First Special Forces Group. As a member of the Army’s elite Green Berets, he commanded a Special Forces detachment on multiple deployments around the world and later served as a special assistant to the Commanding General in Iraq.
 

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"The case definition is very simplistic. It means at the time of death it was a positive COVID diagnosis."

No matter how you die, if you tested positive, it's a COVID death.

We had several saying that for weeks now and here the state of Illinois admits they're inflating numbers.

 

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The only reason I disagree is because the pushback from parents (me included) would be something to behold. Just a different dynamic with different (less political) intentions than those in the Harvard bubble, IMO. But if it were left up to Montgomery and the AEA without having to answer for it? Yeah, there's no telling what they'd try.
 

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It's not a great analogy. I get that. But this tweet is a damn lie.

Holtz makes an analogy of people storming Normandy "understanding the risks." But Zagoria says Holtz is ready to have people die?

 

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Yep. I mentioned in another thread... overall, how may college athletes (and pro) have had Covid-19 at this point? A ton. How many have been seriously ill, much less died from it? Zero, that I'm aware of? College football is filled with inherent risks, from broken bones, to CTE, to being paralyzed, to yes, even death. It's really easy to spot those who are politicizing this and those who simply lack intelligence. It's almost always the former though.
 

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Saw this earlier today and it warmed my cold heart. Not the tweet or story itself, it’s just a lazy click bait piece used to stir shit up (evidenced by the fact that al.com had the same story late this week). No, what warmed my heart were the 3 replies from non-Bama fans. Usually you can see a tweet like this about Saban building a house for a family through Nick’s Kids, and half the replies will still be ripping him for some reason or another. But even with the fattest of worms on the hook, all CFT did was lose their line.


Check the responses... (edit, there are now 4 responses)

 

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