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College Football Games STILL On At Some Big Schools – With Fans – As One Star QB Reveals Heart Condition Caused By COVID-19

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College football will resume at some universities and yes, some of them will have fans in the stands. Meanwhile, Georgia State’s quarterback has been diagnosed with a heart condition linked to COVID-19. Should college football return? More inside…

 

The pandemic isn’t over just because we’re over it (shoutout to @Kath3000). However, college football isn’t letting a global pandemic stop the upcoming season.

SEC schools are still planning to start the 2020-21 football season with games set to kick off September 26th. It’ll be a 10-game, conference-only football season.

Unlike the NBA, the SEC is planning to have FANS in the stands amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just recently, the SEC released “fan health and safety guidelines” (one day after the season schedule) that mandated masks be worn by fans at “specified times inside league venues this season.”

However, the league is leaving a lot of decisions about fan attendance up to its 14 schools, which include Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Ole Miss, Missouri, Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

"Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) shall be required as a condition of all guest ingress, egress, and movement throughout the stadium, as well as any time guests are unable to maintain the recommended physical distance from others who are not in their same household," the league's guidelines said.

Athletics staff and stadium workers will also be required to wear face coverings at all times inside game venues.

Each school will determine how many fans they will allow to attend each game.

"These fan guidelines have been adopted by the 14 member schools of the Southeastern Conference as baseline recommendations for the campus management of fan health and safety," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said. "Although local and state guidelines will determine if and how many fans can attend games, these guidelines provide conference-wide expectations for protection of guests who are able to attend our games."

Below are some of the guidelines schools will have to follow:

Institutions shall determine the number of guests permitted to attend in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines, policies and/or regulations. In the absence of state and/or local guidelines, policies and/or regulations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations on physical distancing should be applied.

Barriers (e.g., plexiglass) shall be installed at all points-of-sale or otherwise all concessions staff shall wear a face shield plus a mask.

Queuing lines at points-of-sale shall permit physical distancing between guests.

"Grab and go" food/beverage options should be considered at points-of-sale locations.

All tickets shall be digitally scanned.

Institutions shall have a documented plan that outlines the procedures/protocol for appropriate disinfection of the stadium.

Institutions shall have a documented plan that outlines the procedures/protocol for working with guests who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.

Institutions shall launch a communication/public relations campaign for communicating all COVID-19 procedures/protocol to prospective guests.

Individual schools will decide whether to hold team walks to the stadium. But if they take place, the league will require that everyone attending -- including players and staff -- wear masks. The issue of tailgating will also be an institutional decision

The Georgia Bulldogs are planning to allow up to 23,000 fans for home football games even though the state has become a hot spot for the pandemic.

The university announced a ticket plan that would allow 20-25% capacity at 92,746-seat Sanford Stadium. Which means, up to 23,000 fans could potentially be in the stans for Georgia’s four home games in 2020.

ESPN reports:

The Bulldogs are offering single-game tickets in hopes of accommodating as many season-ticket holders as possible for an SEC-only schedule that includes home games against Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

Fans will be assigned mostly to four-seat blocs presumably comprised of people from the same household, family members or close friends. Social distancing will be maintained between those groupings, spreading fans throughout the massive stadium.

"I hope this is the plan we end up with," athletic director Greg McGarity said. "But as we know, things change rapidly. We could wind up where we don't have fans."

Alabama will allow fans inside Bryant-Denny Stadium at 20% seating capacity. Tailgating will not be permitted on The University of Alabama campus before the games.

 

 

You can view the SEC football schedule here.

While the SEC will be kicking off the football season this fall, one college football star will not hit the field due to a heart condition linked to COVID-19.

Sadly, Georgia State quarterback Mikele Colasurdo has been diagnosed with a heart condition as a result of contracting the Coronavirus. He will not be able to play football this season. He made the shocking announcement on social media.

In the Twitter post, he thanked his coach and the staff for providing a safe environment to train and he was grateful for the procedures and test they went through, which ultaimely saved his life.

"Ultimately it was the procedures and tests set forth by GSU that allowed the doctors to find this condition in my heart and help keep me safe," he wrote.

Read his full announcement below:

 

 

LSU Tigers baller Shareef O’Neal – son of Shaq & Shaunie O’Neal – wished him a speedy recovery. He can empathize with Mikele since he underwent open-heart surgery in December 2018.

 

 

Rapper Plies posted a video on Instagram recently where he questioned why officials will believe data when it comes to hurricanes and tropical storms, but will not believe the data that’s been collected about the spread of the Coronavirus. He asks several valid questions. Check it out below:

 

 

Def makes you wonder...

Meanwhile, several universities that decided to bring students back - Notre Dame, University of Georgia, Michigan State and plenty more - are now shutting down and moving to online only or hybrid due to hundreds of cases of Covid 19 amongst students and staff.

 

Photo: Busara/Shutterstock.com

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