Monday, August 10, 2020

College football players nationwide — and a few Jayhawks — express desire to play

Blue team running back Khalil Herbert runs in a touchdown during Late Night Under the Lights on Saturday, April, 13, 2019 at Memorial Stadium.

Blue team running back Khalil Herbert runs in a touchdown during Late Night Under the Lights on Saturday, April, 13, 2019 at Memorial Stadium.


As the fate of their season is debated by Power Five conference leaders, with momentum possibly building for a fall without college football, some players began this weekend voicing their desires to play, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State QB Justin Fields, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard, Alabama running back Najee Harris and other high profile college stars became the prominent voices of a “We Want to Play” movement, some lesser known players from the University of Kansas used social media to share their thoughts, too.

Even before Lawrence, the possible No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, sent his viral tweet that included players’ desires to ultimately create a college football players association, a true freshman QB at KU used his Twitter platform to react to the growing concern that a season could be lost.

“I just wanna ball,” KU QB Jalon Daniels posted Sunday morning.

By Monday, other young Jayhawks used the “We Want to Play” mantra that took off nationally to echo that sentiment. Freshman receiver Steven McBride simply tweeted that trending hashtag, while fellow freshman wideout Quentin Skinner used it, too, accompanied by the message, “Glad to have people around me that make me better.”

No KU football players or coaches have yet been made available for interviews this summer, even though the program’s preseason practices began on July 31.

Requests made by the Journal-World for a comment from KU Athletic Director Jeff Long on the likelihood of the season being played were declined.

The Detroit Free Press reported Monday the Big Ten will cancel football this fall. National sports radio host Dan Patrick reported the Pac-12 will do the same.

Yahoo’s Pete Thamel reported the Big 12 is “divided” on whether to play football in 2020.

The Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton reported that Big 12 athletic directors and medical consultants will have a Tuesday teleconference with presidents and chancellors.

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None by S. “Moss” McBride 🙏🏾

None by Quentin Skinner


Dale Rogers 2 years, 4 months ago

I read where besides the concerns about spreading the virus, there is no understanding of potential long-term effects of contracting the virus. Until that is understood there will be cause for concern, especially among the medical community.

Steven Haag 2 years, 4 months ago

I don’t believe about 80% of what I read, nor what is reported. Fauci, CDC, all of them will report what the highest payer tells them to say.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 3 months ago

There’s never any understanding in the short term of the long term effects of anything. So much hubris.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 3 months ago

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of the chaos.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 3 months ago

Good points, Dirk. With only 163,000 deaths and troubling news about viral impact on the heart, we should absolutely play football, just so you have something to do on Saturdays.

We continue to mumble, stumble and fumble our response to this very simple problem. Why? Laziness and incompetence, two American hallmarks brought to full expression by Bunker Boy.

We could have fixed this in the spring. We didn’t. We had a second chance this summer. That was too hard, too. Now? Round three. I wonder how that’s going to work out?

If you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting what you are getting.

One thing that this virus has definitely confirmed though, is this statement: republicans are the softest, laziest, whiniest and weakest group of people on the planet. Everything is just too hard for them to endure.

Brian Wilson 2 years, 3 months ago

Brett, stay home for your own safety. It is too dangerous for you to come out and play. You need to do what you are told, what you want to hear, and feel is best for you. You could get hurt coming out among the conservative infectors and we know it is disturbing and offends you to see the 16,000,000 confirmed infected as well as millions of uncounted infected go about the world's viral environment to work, live life, play sports, and keep physically and mentally in shape for their next infection. So stay home and Opt out, You must listen to your leaders for which you voted as they are smarter than you and they know best. Stay at home, watch TV, and do nothing. Wear masks and shields at all times, do not show your face as you could catch it and be put in a nursing home to infect the elderly! Meanwhile those will suffer in the outside world. They will suffer the tribulations of earning a living and enjoy themselves so that you may live in your hole until it is safe for you to come out and you feel you are comfortable. You will be told when it is time. Of course all refusing to use masks and are going about their lives are soft lazy whining Republicans so you need to keep you away from them. They are fodder and will end up having post viral conditions .. Stay safe and only come out among hardworking Communist Democrats ....terrorizing downtown store owners and police. (SARC).

James Hubin 2 years, 3 months ago

Brett, you will always run into a brick wall trying to convince conservatives that your liberal ideology is the correct course.

Your way of thinking emerges from the frontal cortex and involves deeper logistical analysis vs the conservative brain which is much more dependent on the amygdala, basing decisions more on fight or flight or gut reactions.

Jeff Coffman 2 years, 3 months ago

8-12% of athletes reporting to football and other fall sports have tested positive. I have yet to hear of one athlete having symptoms. So these sports have already identified several thousand people that likely would be spreading the virus to others, but were identified quarantined and treated. This prevented 1000s from getting the virus. Furthermore, as the virus continues to spread and staying at home continues to be encouraged. The people watching football will be more prone to be at home during the weekend. This could increase the effectiveness of communities staying home.

There are lots of pros and cons to playing football. I think if you want to justify it either way you can. I feel most groups make a news story out of a cancellation.

Robert Brock 2 years, 3 months ago

The United States of Chaos. Hooray for us!

Steven Haag 2 years, 3 months ago

AMEN Brian Wilson. Couldn’t have said it better.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 3 months ago

Not sure why Brett is coming after me. I have lots to do 7 days a week that has nothing to do with football though I cheer for KU regardless.

Though I’m not a republican, so no need to defend them, it is interesting that Brett characterizes them as lazy when it is the Democrats that are incentivizing not working.

Of the 163k deaths, I wonder how many would have been spared if NY had not enforced their euthanasia program of sending the infected to live with the most vulnerable? As if that’s not enough to consider, researching bioethicist, such as Mrs Fauci, would be enlightening also. They have written many papers over the past 100 years about such things as the responsibility of everyone over the age of 75 and otherwise unproductive to die. It’s their responsibility to die, and if they won’t, it is the responsibility of the productive members of society to assist them. There are lots of other wonderful nuggets to be found in the bioethicists writings. Coming to a community near you.

James Hubin 2 years, 3 months ago

Good points, Dirk is going after someone?

I'm also not a Republican and have been a registered Independent for about a decade. I could agree that an extra $600 per week may be de-incentivizing, but it's a mere drop in the bucket compared to the corporate welfare being handed out without refute. It's also difficult to work when jobs are scarce or pay very little or if you have a health condition.

The so called "euthanasia program" was likely a tragic choice. However, when you have patients needing a hospital bed and there are no hospital beds available, short term and long term skilled nursing facilities may be the only option, especially if there are already infected residents residing in the nursing home.

Bioethicist grapple with the ethics of medical dilemmas such as having people wear masks or hide in their basements to prevent spread of Covid and reduce unnecessary deaths, which would likely have us under 100,000 deaths, if properly initiated; or seeking herd immunity which could lead to a million deaths from Covid.

Dr Fauci is 79, so you're saying it was his responsibility to die four years ago? Conservative, Republican, and Libertarian ideologies seek to eliminate socialist government programs such as Social Security and Medicare which will most certainly lead to many more deaths in the elderly population as were rampant prior to the initiation of those socialist programs.

I wouldn't be any more fearful of a bioethicist than I would of religious fundamentalism.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 3 months ago

James - I don’t think I’m coming after anyone.

I couldn’t agree more that it’s questionable at best that large companies get to remain fully operational while small are shut down or criminalized for working. It doesn’t seem that it’s based on party lines either.

Side topic on big business is that they got approval for fracking in some areas of California that are predominately minority.

I’m not a bioethicist so it is definitely not me that’s saying it’s his or anyone else’s duty to die. I value all human life.

It’s interesting the 2 options you chose to present for consideration but left out the one that is over 99% effective; sunshine, rather than hiding in a basement, which would diminish the body’s inherent immunity or the 50% effectiveness wearing a mask.

James Hubin 2 years, 3 months ago

If your sun analogy held water, the Sun Belt would have been one the least affected areas in the country, instead the opposite is true. I would speculate that a culture of not wearing masks and not social distancing are more responsible for spread in the Sun Belt. I think going outside is a great idea for restaurants, but it will be impossible to just simply have every business operate outside throughout the winter.

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