EUGENE – All-Oregon receiver Mycah Pittman, quarterback Tyler Shough and other Ducks joined a growing number of Pac-12 players who convened the conference, Gov. Kate Brown, and among those from California, Gov. Gavin. Newsom, to allow you to start.
“Dear (Pac-12), I wonder if you can give us players the option to participate or not,” Pittman said. “Show me the risk of playing this season and let us agree. Get me something I like so much that it hurts me and I had no choice but to listen. #WeWantToPlay”;
Pittman was the first Oregon player to join a growing group of Pac-12 players demanding the conference, and in the case of USC and Cal players, Governor Newsom allowed the season to begin. . He quickly gained the support of Oregon offensive line coach Alex Mirabal, safety Bennett Williams, offensive linemen Marcus Harper and Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu and Shough, who wrote a letter to Brown.
“I asked him to consider the many athletes and coaches who want and need to play,” Shough wrote to Brown. “The Pac-12 partnership with the Quidel Corporation to do quick tests gives us the security that several players were asking for. With frustration, we’ve seen other conferences and teams play, knowing that our medical standards are as good or better than theirs. I know we can’t operate on bubbles and nothing is guaranteed.We just want answers, clarity and the opportunity to choose to play.We know that our safety and health is your priority and we respect your decisions so far. this, with new rapid tests, your high safety standards and the medical protocol of the organs, we believe it is safe to play. #LetUsPlay “
On September 3, the Pac-12 announced a relevant agreement with Quidel Corp., which will equip each of the conference’s athletic departments with the company’s Sofia 2 antigen rapid testing machines, which will provide results for COVID testing. -19 in 15 minutes. end of month.
Pac-12 presidents and chancellors cited the lack of availability of such evidence as the reason for the Aug. 11 decision to postpone fall sports until January 2021. The Pac-12 commissioner, Larry Scott, called for the addition of this testing capability. a “game changer” for the conference and hopes it can “help us persuade” public health officials in Oregon and California and Brown and Newsom to resume contact sports at Pac-12 schools in the United States. their states.
“(Pac-12), a football season is more than feasible,” Williams tweeted. “It simply came to our notice then. The program (Oregon football), coaches and medical staff have done an amazing job with rigid prevention standards and provide thousands of tests. AND NOT A POSITIVE ONE. It can and must be done ”.
Earlier this month, a Brown spokesman said Oregon and Oregon State “are working on the process with the Oregon Health Authority on how they can practice safely while complying with updated health and safety guidelines.”
In May, a Brown spokesman said the governor would make sure ducks and beavers were not at a competitive disadvantage, and in June Brown announced that state college athletes would return to campus for voluntary training such as scheduled.
USC receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and quarterback Kedon Slovis were part of a group of Trojans who sent an open letter to Newsom Tuesday before.
“It simply came to our notice then with us – with urgency and will – to find a way forward to resume competitions later this fall, so that we can have the same opportunity as other teams across the country to play in the national championship, ”the letter from the players of USC at Newsom. “We respect the careful and prudent approach you have taken in college athletics and have the utmost confidence that we can partner together to quickly develop a plan that will allow us to compete in the fall 2020 football season. a way to say “Yes!” Please let us play.
“As California says, so do two at the Pac-12 conference. You can be the champion of the conference champions and especially the student athletes. We believe that if the state of California supports our season, the conference will be followed by other states, respective county public health officials and college leaders. “
Cal quarterback Chase Garbers and Utah quarterback Jake Bentley also tweeted messages urging the conference and governors to allow the season to begin.
“Dear (Pac-12) I miss competing with my brothers and the long, hard hours we spent winning bowling games with my coaches,” tweeted Aumavae-Laulu. “We show that we are the best OLs in the country. Please give us a chance to choose whether or not to play to play instead of muting our #WeWantToPlay voices. “