Where is health and safety as a priority?
Two big football conferences have suspended their college football seasons and two others, the Big 12 and SEC, have not. Why is that? Is it really all about money? My guess is absolutely!
It is not about having to pay the players more, they don't get paid anyway. Football may be big business, but it is not essential. Is one university living up to what they say are their priorities?
Here are the University of Alabama's Core Values:
The University of Alabama is committed to:
As far as safety is concerned, read this:
"The safety and well-being of our students is one of our highest priorities. UA invests significant resources in a variety of activities and initiatives designed to increase security on our campus, increase your ability to make responsible decisions that enhance your well-being and leverage our positive relationship with local law enforcement agencies."
Likely because of school shootings and the possibility of sexual assault on campus, the word "safety" is confined to "security" and not wellness as related to health.
I'll get my football crystal ball out. It does not predict the next national football champion, rather that those universities that are dissing the threat of COVID-19 will eventually have to shut down their football programs this fall. The charade about "being outdoors," etc. will fall apart when players test positive and eventually a player or coach or support staff becomes ill and then dies. Death is a great indicator that you are doing something that you should not be doing, like trying to take a selfie on a cliff's edge.
As Americans we look for "signs" that something is really not dangerous. In order measure the threat we like graphs and charts that mean little to individuals taking the risk. However, deaths remain a very good indicator.
My message to universities -- students first, football last. If that really is your priority.