EUGENE – Oregon receiver Mycah Pittman, quarterback Tyler Shough and other ducks joined a growing number of Pac-12 players calling for the conference, Gov. Kate Brown, and among them California Gov. Newsom to begin the football season .
“Dear (Pac-12), I ask if you can give us players a chance to choose in or out,” Pittman said. “Show the risk of us playing this season and let’s agree on that. For you to take something away from me that I love so dearly, it hurts and I had no choice but to listen. #WeWantToPlay ”
Pittman was the first Oregon player to join a growing group of Pac-1
“I asked you to consider the many athletes and coaches who want and need to play,” Shough wrote to Brown. “The Pac-12 partnership with Quidel Corporation for rapid testing gives us reassurance that more players are asking. With frustration, we have seen other conferences and teams play, knowing that our medical standards are as good or better than theirs. I know we can not operate in a bubble and nothing is guaranteed. We simply want answers, clarity and the opportunity to choose to play. We know that our health and safety is your priority, and respect your decisions so far. However, with new rapid tests, your high standards of safety, and bodies medical protocol; we think it’s safe to play. #LetUsPlay ”
On September 3, Pac-12 announced a milestone agreement with Quidel Corp., which will equip each of the conference’s athletic departments with the company’s Sofia 2 rapid antigen testing machines, delivering results to COVID-19 testing in 15 minutes by the end of the month. .
The lack of availability of such testing was cited by Pac-12 presidents and chancellors as a reason for their decision on August 11 to postpone fall sports until January 2021. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott called for the addition of such testing capacity. a “game changer” for the conference and hopes it can “help us persuade” public health officials in Oregon and California and Brown and Newsom to let contact sports resume at the Pac-12 schools in their states.
“(Pac-12), a football season is more than possible,” Williams tweeted. “We have shown that it can be done. The (Oregon football) program, coaches and medical staff have done an incredible job with rigorous prevention standards and delivered thousands of tests. And NOT a single positive. It can and should be done. ”
Earlier this month, a spokesman for Brown, Oregon and Oregon State said “working through the process with the Oregon Health Authority on how they can safely maintain practice while complying with updated health and safety guidelines.”
In May, a spokesman for Brown said the governor would ensure the ducks and beavers were not in competitive disadvantage, and in June, Brown announced that state college athletes would return to campus for volunteer training programs as planned.
USC Recipient Amon-Ra St. Brown and quarterback Kedon Slovis were among a group of Trojan horses that issued an open letter to Newsom earlier Tuesday.
“Our request from you is that you want to work with us – as soon as possible and on purpose – to find a way forward for us to resume competitions later in the autumn, so that we can have the same opportunity as other teams around the country to play for the national championship, “reads the letter from USC players to Newsom. “We respect the careful and cautious approach you have taken to college athletics, and we have the utmost confidence that we can work together to quickly develop a plan that allows us to compete in the 2020 football season. Let’s find a way to say “Yes!” Let us play.
“As California goes, so do two of the Pac-12 conference. You can be a champion for the conference champions, and most importantly, it is student athletes. We believe that if the state of California supports our season, the conference, other states, respective public health county officials and university leaders will follow. ”
Cal quarterback Chase Garbers and Utah quarterback Jake Bentley also tweeted messages urging the conference and governors to let the season start.
“Dear (Pac-12) I miss competing with my brothers and the long hard hours we have put in to win bowling matches with my coaches,” tweeted Aumavae-Laulu. “Let us prove that we are the best Olympics in the country. First give us the chance to choose to choose or not to play instead of silencing our voices #WeWantToPlay. ”