College Commissioners Tell Mike Pence No Sports Until Campuses Open

College football commissioners were on a 30-minute conference call with Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, April 15. During the conference, there was an announcement that does nothing to encourage fans the regular season will start on time.

According to the Associated Press, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock, Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick and others were all apart of the call.

While Dr. Anthony Fauci recently expressed optimism that sports could resume in the summer, the commissioners made it clear to Pence that there would be no college sports until campuses are cleared to reopen.

“(We) made the point we were concerned and wanted to get back to having kids attending college and opening up our colleges and universities,” Bowlsby said. “That until that happened we weren’t going to be having any sports.”

Let’s just hope the pandemic can get under control.

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The coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation or postponing of many large events including The Masters, NCAA Tournament, Coachella, SXSW, the Winter X Games, Stagecoach, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and more. The NBA, NHL, and MLS have temporarily suspended their seasons.

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 26,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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