Commentary: Too much TV money for college football to pause playoffs

The man responsible for guiding the College Football Playoff through a global pandemic sat in his Kansas City area home late Saturday morning, flipped on the Ohio State-Indiana game and ordered himself a plate of nachos for delivery.

On Monday, Bill Hancock will attend the first meeting of the CFP selection committee in Grapevine, Texas, and Saturday was the last chance to gather data before the group comes up with its first top 25. But, like fans across the country, Hancock was met with news of Florida State-Clemson being postponed just hours before the scheduled kickoff because of COVID-19 concerns. Never mind that the Tigers had flown to Tallahassee on Friday with the full intention of shredding the Seminoles.

“Oh man, it’s 2020 isn’t it?” said Hancock, the CFP executive director, when reached by phone. “I know that’s trite, and it’s become jargon, but it’s true, you know? I think

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College sports pause for election day

A summer of activism, sparked by protests of racial injustice, led to a grassroots movement to give college athletes the day off from sports on election day.

The NCAA latched on to the idea and, under a mandate approved in September, organized athletics will go dark on college campuses across the country. It has not gone over without a hitch: Tuesdays are typically when that week’s game plan is first put into action, and there has been grumbling from a few football coaches.

Clemson safety Nolan Turner, who is from the suburbs of Birmingham, Ala., said Monday he had already voted by absentee ballot.

“We’re going to have our typical Tuesday practice today, and then (Tuesday) will kind of be a midweek day, get refreshed, get the body feeling good and really get dialed in on our game plan and what we’ve got to do against Notre Dame,” Turner said

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University of New Mexico football on pause due to COVID-19

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Eight football players at the University of New Mexico and one assistant coach tested positive for the coronavirus.

The positive cases announced Wednesday led state officials to step in and shut down all team activities, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

University athletic director Eddie Nuñez said if the team is unable to practice for the next week, they will not be able to safely play their first scheduled game on Oct. 24 against Colorado State.

“As Bernalillo County’s positivity rate no longer meets the criteria of the COVID-Safe Practices for Intercollegiate Sports agreed to by the university, the school has been instructed to postpone team activities at this time,” said Nora Meyers Sackett, Press Secretary for New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The university’s football team was allowed to resume practice two weeks ago despite the state’s public health order prohibiting it by agreeing with public health

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Trump attack on diversity programs leads Texas State to pause training

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Texas State University said this month that it is “pausing” its employee diversity training, as it scrambles to understand the impact of a recent executive order by President Donald Trump to ban some forms of anti-racism programming among federal grant recipients that he calls “divisive” and “anti-American.”

Employees were informed of the change in a Oct. 5 email from President Denise Trauth.

“Texas State University receives federal dollars in various capacities including to support pre-college students … college students via Pell [grants], and our faculty via scores of federal grants,” Trauth wrote, adding in an Oct. 9 email that students receive over $260 million in federal financial aid alone. “We do not want to jeopardize this critical financial support that so many in our community rely upon.”

Other major

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