How will COVID-19 affect the 2020 football season?

Well, Utes fans on the “other” fan-site want 10k fans in RES for the game. Is it because Utah is doing so well dealing with Covid?

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Remember when he was bragging about how great Florida was doing with the virus? Good times.

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So, my business partner is in South Florida and a guy I have working for me is doing some installs in Florida. The bad thing, these kinda of things have made the population give up on social distancing and mask wearing. On top of that with Fall break week the Gulf Shore, and Orlando (Universal and WDW) are slammed with folks from the Southeast and Midwest on Fall break.

I was heading New England for leaf peeping (I am very caucasian) with the wife and daughter. I cancelled because even though they are down next to nothing in NH and Vermont it was too much of a D*** move to visit with our surging cases in the 4th Q.

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BFNKY – other than from your postings, I don’t know you at all, irrespective of how “very Caucasian” you are. :slight_smile: That said, you seem to be a very damn fine human-being, and that’s the most important thing in my book, whatever that is worth.

FWIW…I also want to to visit New England for some leaf peeping and hiking – I am not very Caucasian at all; have only briefly visited NH and Mass. Though, some people do think I’m a Red Neck Asian American from Utah (I’m kind of a big guy 6’1 & 210# – for an Asian – and am pretty good in competitive shooting). haha

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If you go waaaaaaaay back I have a couple ancestors from Northern India. Other than that it’s Vikings, Brits, Scots and Irish with a sprinkle of German.

We went to New England in the summer after spending a couple weeks in Quebec City. I love Vermont and Rhode Island. Hated Boston. I really need to get back and see those fall colors.

Cool. Funnily enough, I’m a big fan of Quebec City. Visited there a few times for business.

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Jon Wilner’s Hotline e-mail for today:

Larry Scott on Criticism: "Goes with the territory"
Problems for Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott seem to come in waves.

The latest has washed ashore over the past two months, with layoffs and furloughs at the conference office, executive bonuses that were paid before the staff downsizing, the expenses incurred in San Francisco and the absence of football on the Pac-12 Networks.

Earlier this week, Scott appeared on the Bickley and Marotta radio show on Arizona Sports 98.7 for an informative, candid conversation that touched on all the touchy touch points.

I’d encourage everyone to listen to the full 15 minutes — the first half focuses on the football season — but here are a few relevant snippets.

• Whether the Pac-12 is wasteful with executive bonuses and rent paid in San Francisco:

“There’s a perception out there that’s just incorrect, in my view. What people have a tough time comparing apples to apples is the conferences that also have their own networks, the networks are all run by outside entities. They don’t have the head counts. They don’t have the rent. They don’t have other things. But folks don’t seem to be able to make that distinction …

“We’re also based in San Francisco. That decision to be in the Bay Area certainly preceded me."

“We have a rigorous process we go through with our finance committee, which is made up of university presidents and university chief financial officers, and I’m very confident that we’re pursuing the mission and the mandate on behalf our members at a high level in an efficient way.”

• The potential for his tenure to end and whether he has lost the support of the presidents:

“Not at all. There’s a lot of rumor and speculation and that just goes with the territory in a very public facing role, and it’s true of commissioners in other leagues, as well. It just goes with the territory.”

  • The Pac-12 Networks:

“It’s achieved a lot of what its objectives were … It has not reached its full potential, for sure, in terms of distribution. I know the DirecTV issue has been a huge irritant for fans that have it and weren’t willing to switch to the several other networks in every market that have (the Pac-12 Networks).”

“Sure, there are things we could have done differently. We might have made different tradeoffs, but certainly, there have been a lot of benefits our members have gotten by having the network, and what we’ll see in 2024" – when the new media contract begins – "is the wisdom of keeping our rights and owning and controlling it ourselves and being able to adapt to a rapidly changing media landscape.”

  • How he can elevate the conference’s reputation:

“The most important is that we have teams that win.”

Say what you will about Scott’s responses on other topics – for instance: the response involving DirecTV – but his last point is spot on:

The rebuilding of the conference’s football reputation starts with winning marquee, non-conference games. – Jon Wilner

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I disagree. It’s not marquee nonconference games. We’ve won a TON of those. It’s the playoffs. Drop to 8 games and give USC and Oregon the easiest possible schedules.

And set USC’s nonconference schedule. On P5 team max, the rest cupcakes ala Alabama.

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Ouch, Coach O and his Tigers go down again. Who was the last national champion to start the next season this poorly?

LSU went 8-5 after winning the title with Les Miles.

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That’s funny. So it’s an LSU thing? How many seasons of not competing for a title would it take to cost Ed his job?

Auburn also. They went 8-5 after 2011. Cam Newton and Joe Burrow really had great single seasons for their teams respectively

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I’m bummed I missed the two big SEC games this morning. Had to help someone move, and it was one of those disaster moves where the person has a ton of junk and only half of it is boxed up. I’m too old for this.

Texas v OU is all kinds of stupid.

I’ve got it on. Great call from Gus “Man, this kid’s got broad shoulders!”

I’m happy to see UVa at 1-2. People were hugely complementary of Bronco last season when he won the division by being the least bad team there. I feel vindicated in my belief that he’s still a mediocre coach.

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We are moving in Nov. I emotionally can’t pack. We are paying people to do it. I will sit there and drink while they pack. It’s so nice.

Watching the Clemson/Miami game – have to say, thus far, Clemson fans have to be the best behaving fans I have seen regarding seating assignment. Fans seem to be seated along the designated rows/sections. Looking very much like a “grid”. Of the many games I’ve seen this season, a lot of the fans seemed to crowd the lower sections.