Earlier today, it was announced that The University of Connecticut’s football program would be withdrawing from the upcoming 2020 CFB season due to COVID related concerns.
UConn, which announced their removal from the American Athletic Conference earlier this year, was set to play their first season as an independent program.
Randy Edsall, who is the head football coach at Uconn, told reporters that he consoled with his players before the official decision was made.
“We engaged and listened to the concerns of our football student-athletes and feel this is the best decision for their health, safety, and well-being. Our team is united in this approach and we will use this time to further player development within the program and gear ourselves to the 2021 season.” Edsall said.
UConn athletic director David Benedict also commented on this situation at hand via a news release made Wednesday morning.
“After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” claimed Benedict.”The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.”
As far as the player’s academic lives are concerned, all athletes will remain enrolled in classes, either virtually or in person, although a decision has not been made in terms of the continuation of athletic scholarships.
“As a team, we are in full support of the decision to not compete in 2020. We have many health concerns and not enough is known about the potential long term effects of contracting COVID-19,” as mentioned in a statement by the players on the UConn football team. “Additionally, we have not had the optimal time to train mentally & physically to be properly prepared to compete this season. We love this game and love competing. We came to campus in the beginning of July knowing there would be challenges presented by the pandemic but it is apparent to us now that these challenges are impossible to overcome.”
UConn has now established themselves as trendsetters, and it will be interesting to see if anyone follows suit.