Cal Bears report: With California leading in Covid cases in the nation Pac 12 shuts down sports for the fall

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By Morris Phillips and Michael Duca

BERKELEY–In what seems like no end in sight the Pac 12 group today voted to cancel all fall sports through the end of 2020 and will plan to resume play in the spring. This was given careful consideration after consulting with the Medical Advisory Committee and the athletic directors of each of the Pac 12 schools.

The committee made clear they were very concerned about practices that involved contact sports such as football. The Pac 12 said when they see that the virus has flattened in a safe way and that cases have gone to a safe number the conference will consider returning competitive sports with a target date of Jan 1, 2021.

Student athletes will have their scholarships guaranteed, the Pac 12 also is offering NCAA grant students who already have opted out of sports programs another year of eligibility for this school year. Those students will receive from their universities advisement and tutoring as support from canceled sports programs and their academic education.

University of Oregon president Michael H. Schill said that he along with students, coaches, and staff is disappointed that it had to come to this but Schill said putting safety is job number one, “All of the Pac-12 presidents and chancellors understand the importance of this decision, and the disappointment it will create for our student-athletes, the coaches, support staff and all of our fans,” said Schill. “Ultimately, our decision was guided by science and a deep commitment to the health and welfare of student-athletes. We certainly hope that the Pac-12 will be able to return to competition in the New Year.”

Cal Athletic director Jim Knowlton and Cal Chancellor Carol Christ put out a heartfelt statement knowing that this impacts students athletes who have worked all their school lives to get to this point only to see their season canceled under such pandemic circumstances, “We are aligned in our support for the Pac-12’s decision to postpone fall sports. While the decision was difficult, it is consistent with our shared commitment to the health and well-being of Cal’s student-athletes, coaches and staff. Our hearts go out to the student-athletes who will not have the opportunity to compete this fall. We are incredibly proud of how they have been navigating the disappointments and uncertainties surrounding their athletic pursuits, and we will do all that we can to support them during these difficult times. We look forward to the day when they will be able to, once again, train for and compete in the sports they love. We look forward to the day when we can, together with members of Cal’s extended family, once again cheer them on as they pursue excellence on the field of play.”

Morris Phillips and Michael Duca are beat writers and podcasters for Cal Football at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: Flyers and Knights top seeds in Stanley Cup; Suns remain undefeated in the bubble; plus more

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) makes a save on Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

On Headlines podcast with Daniel:

1 From under the NHL bubbles: Flyers are top seed in the East, Golden Knights are No. 1 in the West

2 Fighting is up in NHL playoffs

3 NBA: Suns are 5-0 in the bubble, T.J. Warren continues scoring binge for Pacers

4 MLB: Giants’ Johnny Cueto — close but no no-hitter; Cubs-Cardinals series postponed after more positive Covid-19 tests

5 NCAA: Mid-American Conference cancels all of its fall sports for 2020

6 If college football season doesn’t happen, NFL might play on Saturdays

Daniel does Headline Sports each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Pac 12 players led by Cal and Stanford want to negotiate terms; Kings are on the mat can they get up for Dallas

(file photo from USA Today) Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) seen in this 2019 photo will Garbers and the Cal Bears be back for the 2020 season as negotiations between the Pac 12 players and the league continue over safety issues, pay issues and social issues rights.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 Barbara how important is that Pac 12 players are under the banner #WeAreUnited with demands that their are better safety measures, social rights issues and Fair Pay to Play in place for players.

#2 The Pac 12 players most who are coming out of Cal and Stanford have 13 player representatives who are asking for better health coverage in the event a player is injured for the season instead of being out on their own for their coverage the university or the Pac 12 for instance will have insurance coverage to help with medical coverage.

#3 Barbara the Sacramento Kings have now lost three straight games in the re-start of the NBA’s regular season in Orlando. It’s getting late early when you lose the first three of a short eight game schedule. The Kings lost to the Dallas Mavericks and lost in overtime 114-110.

#4 As you know numerous reports have come out about Covid-19 infections forcing games to be canceled in MLB. The Marlins had half their club infected and they brought up replacements to take their spots, the Cardinals have players out with Covid, in the bigger picture can someone look at this and say baseball is irresponsible for letting the games continue?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes fought the good fight going 3-1-1 in the MLS is Back Tournament. The Quakes started the tournament with a scoreless tie against Seattle, then won three straight against Vancouver, Chicago and Real Salt Lake only to lose in the quarterfinals to FC Minnesota.

Join Barbara each Tuesday night for Headlines Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Pac 12 players led by Cal and Stanford want to negotiate terms; Kings are on the mat can they get up for Dallas

(file photo from USA Today) Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) seen in this 2019 photo will Garbers and the Cal Bears be back for the 2020 season as negotiations between the Pac 12 players and the league continue over safety issues, pay issues and social issues rights.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 Barbara how important is that Pac 12 players are under the banner #WeAreUnited with demands that their are better safety measures, social rights issues and Fair Pay to Play in place for players.

#2 The Pac 12 players most who are coming out of Cal and Stanford have 13 player representatives who are asking for better health coverage in the event a player is injured for the season instead of being out on their own for their coverage the university or the Pac 12 for instance will have insurance coverage to help with medical coverage.

#3 Barbara the Sacramento Kings have now lost two straight games in the re-start of the NBA’s regular season in Orlando. It’s getting late early when you lose the first two of a short eight game schedule. The Kings face the Dallas Mavericks and needs something short of miracle.

#4 As you know numerous reports have come out about Covid-19 infections forcing games to be canceled in MLB. The Marlins had half their club infected and they brought up replacements to take their spots, the Cardinals have players out with Covid, in the bigger picture can someone look at this and say baseball is irresponsible for letting the games continue?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes fought the good fight going 3-1-1 in the MLS is Back Tournament. The Quakes started the tournament with a scoreless tie against Seattle, then won three straight against Vancouver, Chicago and Real Salt Lake only to lose in the quarterfinals to FC Minnesota.

Join Barbara each Tuesday night for Headlines Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports with Daniel Dullum: What’s in a name? Washington Football Team and Seattle Kraken; plus more

The logo flag of the NHL’s newest franchise the Seattle Kraken flies atop the Seattle Space Needle where below the needle the Kraken will open up their new arena Climate Change Arena in the 2021-22 season (AP photo)

Daniel on Headlines podcast:

1 What’s in a name? Generic rebranding for D.C. football; NHL’s Seattle team hits a home run with its nickname selection

2 ESPN’s opening night Yankees-Nats broadcast a huge ratings hit

3 Nomadic Blue Jays may have found a home in Buffalo

4 Rutgers, Michigan State football teams in Covid-19 quarantine

5 Rockies’ Daniel Bard gets first MLB win in seven years

6 Swingin’ A’s hire Tom Hanks to serve as virtual concessions hawker

Daniel Dullum does Headlines podcasts every Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears Football podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Former ASU QB Rudy Carpenter leads Pac 12 in possible boycott if demands aren’t met

Former ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter is leading the negotiations for player benefits for over 50 Pac 12 players who threatened to boycott if their demands are not met (espn.com file photo)

On the Cal Bears football podcast with Morris:

#1 Former Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter is the designated representative for all 12 Pac 12 schools stating players from the various schools are making demands for revenue sharing, Covid-19 protocols, and improved insurance for post graduation.

#2 It was reported that over 50 players are involved in the negotiations in the Pac 12 and that the Cal Bears are leading the protest. Carpenter says another meeting is scheduled and will later report how far apart are the players and the Pac 12.

#3 Carpenter reported that he has contacted other Pac 12 players and the amount of players are growing in the fight for more insurance protections and Covid-19 protocols Carpenter says the players are considering boycotting if there demands are not met.

#4 The NCAA is considering instituting rules saying players must be tested for Covid-19 72 hours before each game in sports that are considered a high risk contact sport such as football, men’s and women’s basketball.

#5 Cal has the third most four star players in the Pac 12 the Bears don’t have the most total commits but they have enough to ranked fifth good enough to be competitive this coming season.

Jerry Fietelberg  is filling in for Morris Phillips Join Morris each Monday for the Cal Bears podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Fed Ex, Nike sponsorship would be dropped if Washington didn’t change the name and mascot; Where St Mary’s College is with opening up athletics; plus more

Racist logo and name of the Washington Redskins will be dropped after Nike, Fed Ex, Amazon and other sponsors said they would drop out as team sponsors if Washington didn’t remove the Redskins name. The new name of the team has not been announced yet. (NBC Sports file photo)

On Headlines podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, the Washington Redskins name is no more, Washington owner Dan Snyder has agreed to change the name after much pressure. He at one time said he would never change the name of the team but after the demonstrations regarding the murder of George Floyd and racial injustices and the possibility of losing Nike and Fed Ex as sponsors that all changed for Snyder.

#2 Snyder is not doing this because it’s the right thing to do but economically he has no choice but to make that choice and if didn’t change the name after all of that he would suffer economically when his sponsors start to pull out. Is it pretty obvious where Snyder’s heart is in all of this?

#3 How concerned should an athletic collegiate program like St Mary’s be regarding the future of their sports program. The obvious thing with the virus has everyone concerned and most likely they could have an athletic program much like what is happening in the Pac 12 being forced to close it down due to heavy spiking of Covid-19?

#4 Barbara, It’s not going well in MLB not only with the departure of Buster Posey catcher of the San Francisco Giants leaving to take care of his twins, but Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech has opted out who reportedly was having issues with anxiety and depression.

#5  The Houston Astros pitching staff including pitching coach Brent Strom did not workout with the team over the weekend due to an Astro employee who contracted Covid-19 from someone outside of the organization. At this rate will it be a miracle if MLB could even complete a whole month of baseball?

Join Barbara for Sports Headlines each Tuesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headlines Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: SEC Commissioner expecting the worse; Giants Posey will spend time with his twins; plus more

SEC Commissioner Greg Sanky has his doubts about the upcoming season if it’ll be safe or not, Big 10 and Pac 12 are considering just playing conference games only (NBC Sports file photo)

Headline Sports with Daniel Dullum:

1 Big-10, Pac-12 opting for league-only football schedules; SEC commissioner ‘pessimistic’ about upcoming season

2 Buster Posey the latest MLB player to opt out of playing in 2020

3 MLB reports 66 positive Covid-19 tests, which is less than 2 percent, in latest round of testing

4 NHL and players association reach deal to resume season on August 1; Toronto and Edmonton tabbed as hub cities

5 Report: Paramedic struck by a foul ball in the ALCS sues the Astros for $1 million

6 From the NFL: Eagles DeSean Jackson opens mouth, inserts foot; Randall Cunningham joining the Las Vegas Raiders as team chaplain

Join Daniel each Sunday for Headlines podcasting at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: Reopening spikes have impact on college programs and recruiting

Fatuvalu Iosefa is one top recruit that Cal picked up during the off season but the program has slipped from being in the top three in recruiting in the Pac 12 being overtaken by Oregon and USC (Golden Bears blog)

On Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips:

#1 NCAA Football Division 2’s Moorehouse College in Atlanta announced that they have canceled their program this season due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Moorehouse is one the best known black colleges in the NCAA.

#2 Also it was reported that the official US Covid count was really ten times higher than the reported two million plus cases causing fears and forcing games scheduled with Memphis against Tennessee State and Jackson State to be canceled due to the pandemic.

#3 The Covid crisis is also impacting Under Armour who had to cancel their $250 million 15 year deal with UCLA also their ten year $86 million deal with Cal, as revenue has dried up due to high umemployment and less people spending money.

#4 The Cal Bears who were No.3 in recruiting in the Pac 12 has slipped out of the top three as Washington and UCLA have moved past Cal.  Oregon and USC have moved into No.1 and 2. Cal who had recruited Fatuvalu Iosefa but he was not enough to keep them in the top 3 recruiting list.

#5 Coronavirus has played a role in recruiting. Cal is looking to pick up some players to come west but their are many players who are hesitating right now. So far Cal has offered out 101 scholarships.

Join Morris Phillips for Headline Sports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal to allow outdoor workouts football goes first; MLB players mulling over 60 game proposal; plus more

Cal Bears football head coach Justin Wilcox will prepare the program with Covid-19 protocols as outdoor workouts will start on a voluntary basis (si.com file photo)

On Headline Sports with Morris:

#1 Cal athletes have been given the go ahead to start working outdoors, still the issue of safety will be a question as Coronvirus has spiked in places like Florida. The Bears workout will be voluntary.

#2 Some of the ground rules set up to start workouts as all workouts will be outdoors that include running and conditioning. These workouts are required to be under supervision of the Cal athletic staff and the players workout in small groups.

#3 The Cal football program will be the first of the athletics program to start at outdoor workouts the plan is in motion as other athletic programs will come back throughout the summer.

#4 In baseball MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has rejected MLB Players Association representative Tony Clark’s proposal to come back playing 70 games instead of the 60 game offering by Manfred. Manfred said the season must end by September 30th because of the second wave of Coronavirus that Dr. Anthony Fauci said that is coming. The players reject the 60 game schedule because they will not get as much from prorated pay as opposed to the 70 games.

#5 Dr. Fauci further noted that it might not be possible for an NFL season because of a second wave. Some of the country has re-opened but has spiked and in Florida with some 3,000 new cases everyday.

Join Morris each Monday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com