In recent weeks, student-athletes around the country have started reporting to their respective campuses for offseason workouts amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Speaking just in terms of college football, the feedback from the initial rounds of testing has been incredibly alarming as several programs have had dozens of players test positive for COVID-19. As the results continue to be publicized, it makes the fate of fall sports seem extremely dubious.
This ever-sensitive debate has prompted Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry to question how safe it really is for college athletes to be on campus during a global pandemic.
How Is College Athtletes on campus right??
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) June 21, 2020
The five-time Pro Bowler brings up a great point, and, in our eyes, it has a simple answer. No, putting teenagers that aren’t presently permitted to profit off their name and likeness in a position to risk their safety so that colleges that prosper off the success of their biggest sports programs can turn a profit is not right. Some would even say it’s nefarious.
Just last week, Clemson confirmed that 28 total athletes, 23 of whom play football, contracted COVID-19. How does that not sound the alarm for NCAA president Mark Emmert? He waited until the last possible second to cancel March Madness and something tell us that he’s prepared to do the same with college football.
In all, 23 Clemson football players tested positive for COVID-19.https://t.co/baGAAD79cy
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 20, 2020
We seriously hope that it doesn’t take something tragic for the NCAA to come to its senses. The long-term health of student-athletes has to be the number one priority here. As Landry’s tweet suggests, that unfortunately doesn’t appear to be the case right now.