David Samson: Pac-12 loan program provides safety net

CBS Sports

On Wednesday, the Pac-12 is reportedly planning to put a huge loan program in place that would provide a security blankets for athletic departments that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is being offered in the event that the 2020 college football season ends up being canceled. The loan will be $83 million available to Pac-12 schools at a 3.75 percent interest rate for a 10-year term.

During Wednesday's installment of "Nothing Personal with David Samson," David Samson weighed in on the conference's decision and believes that this is simply a crutch for schools that could be affected by the hardship of potentially no college football in 2020.

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NCAA D-II, D-III cancel fall championships for 2020

The Score

The NCAA Division II and Division III are canceling fall sports championships in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced Wednesday.

The NCAA directed each division to make its own decision regarding fall championships this season.

Sandra Jordan, the chair of the D-II presidents' council, said the decision was a "difficult" one. The chancellor of South Carolina Aiken added that staging fall championships in any capacity isn't "viable or fiscally responsible" for the division.

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8 UCLA football players test positive for COVID-19

MSN.com

Another day, another team with multiple players testing positive for the coronavirus. This time, it is UCLA football. The LA County Health Director said eight Bruins players have tested positive for COVID-19.

Last month, the LA Times reported a number of players were reluctant to practice. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson

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San Jose State player who suffered ‘major brain injury’ in car accident back home after two months of rehab

College Football Talk

There is some very inspiring and uplifting news coming out of the San Jose State football program to share this morning.

May 20th, the San Jose State football program confirmed, Kyane  Schmidt was involved in a single-car rollover crash, which caused the redshirt freshman to be ejected from the vehicle.  Details surrounding the wreck itself weren’t divulged at the time.

The aftermath, however, was horrific.

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Alabama football may be on the hook for more than $3.5M for canceled non-conference games

USA Today

The move to a 10-game, SEC-only schedule could have the University of Alabama obligated to pay out more than $3.5 million to schools that were originally contracted to play the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa in the 2020 season.

Alabama had scheduled home games against Georgia State on Sept. 12, Kent State on Sept. 26 and Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 14.

“Details regarding the non-conference home games that were on our 2020 football schedule are being worked through,” Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said in a statement to The Tuscaloosa News.

Alabama signed contracts worth $1.3 million for the Georgia State game, $1.75 million for the Kent State game and $500,000 for the Tenn.-Martin game, according to documents obtained by The Tuscaloosa News through an open records request.

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Colorado State football players say administration involved in COVID-19 cover up

Sportsnaut

We have absolutely no idea whether the 2020 college football season will be played this fall. Conferences are doing their best to change the schedule, taking into account the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic plaguing the United States.

However, there’s a growing rift between athletes and administrators leading up to the schedule start of the season. That now includes this bombshell from Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Mom of Indiana OL Brady Feeney shares he has troubling complications from COVID-19

Sportsnaut

Brady Feeney is a freshman offensive lineman for the University of Indiana. He is dealing with dangerous complications due to COVID-19. His mom, Debbie Rucker, shared a heart-rending message about his situation on her Facebook page.

Rucker, clearly distressed, wrote “in this crazy, chaotic world where a global crisis is not being taken seriously I have decided to post my personal family crisis with the permission of my son, Brady who is struggling with this virus!”

She implored everyone to take COVID-19 seriously and wear a mask.

“I AM ASKING EACH OF MY FRIENDS AS A REQUEST FROM MY HEART, PLEASE TAKE THIS SERIOUS AND WEAR A MASK, EXERCISE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND REALIZE BY WEARING A MASK YOU COULD BE HELPING PROTECT THOSE THAT YOU LOVE! PLEASE,” RUCKER WROTE.

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TCU Linebacker Says HC Gary Patterson Used the N-Word, Other Players Blast Him For Lying

Total Pro Sports

This is such a weird situation.

A TCU linebacker alleges that longtime head coach Gary Patterson used a racial slur while addressing players over the past few days, so he Dylan Jordan took to Twitter and stated that Patterson, who has been the head coach of the Horned Frogs over 20 years, said the n-word multiple times.

The entire defense then reportedly “refused to go to practice” because of Patterson’s actions, according to Jordan’s accusations.

He wrote:

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Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich tells WR Kassidy Woods joining unity group would create ‘an issue’

ESPN

Washington State coach Nick Rolovich told wide receiver Kassidy Woods that aligning with the Pac-12 player unity group would create "an issue" with the program, according to a recording of a phone call Saturday obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

Woods called to inform Rolovich that he was opting out of the 2020 season because he has sickle cell trait and would be at an enhanced risk amid the coronavirus pandemic. Rolovich told Woods he had no issue with the reasoning but then asked whether Woods would be part of the unity movement, a group of Pac-12 players threatening to opt out of this season if the league does not meet a set of demands. Woods said he would be supporting the movement.

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Power Five leaders pressure NCAA with threat to stage own championships

CBS Sports

Power Five conference leaders are exploring the idea of staging their own championships for fall sports, a prominent Power Five athletic director confirmed to CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd. The talks were first reported by Sports Illustrated.

The discussion among the Power Five comes in anticipation of the NCAA Board of Governors possibly canceling or postponing fall sports championships in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Any decision the board makes would not directly impact FBS college football, which holds a championship (College Football Playoff) that is not sponsored by the NCAA.

The NCAA Board of Governors is scheduled to meet on Tuesday; at that time, it is expected to make a decision on how to proceed with fall sports championships this year. The NCAA is the governing body for all other fall sports championships.

Kicking around the idea of forming its own championships for all fall sports and not just football could be seen as a potential stepping stone toward the Power Five breaking away from the NCAA altogether.

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