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U of Oregon student government ends student fees for athletics

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/02/22/u-oregon-student-government-wants-stop-payments-athletics

AP News: FDU going against the norm by adding sports, not axing them

https://apnews.com/article/new-york-new-york-city-new-jersey-coronavirus-pandemic-volleyball-117f0b725d3b4d02e6ec9063a8b999e7

From CNN: College dropping mascot with links to hate group


What say you?

College dropping mascot with links to hate group

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2931064-valparaiso-dropping-crusaders-name-mascot-over-hate-group-links?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial

Ohio’s DeWine: Curfew carries on, except for sports

Ohio governor Mike DeWine left little doubt that sports must go on in his state, the pandemic be damned.

As the Associated Press reports, the governor today extended the state’s 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. curfew through Jan. 2, 2021. However,

DeWine said there is a variance to the curfew for events with teams and spectators such as the MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday, Monday night football games with the Browns and Bengals and the anticipated University of Cincinnati football conference title game.

“To be frank, the biggest risk from these games is not the spectators who will be at the games and who will be following the safety protocols, but from other fans who may have the urge to gather with friends to watch these games inside w/out following mask/distancing protocols,” DeWine said.

Actually, “to be frank,” what Gov. DeWine reminded the public — inside and outside Ohio — is that big-time sports are, to borrow a phrase, above the law. And spare me the flawed argument that there’s nothing to worry about because these events are taking place outside. Play the games, I can accept that. But require them to be played in time slots that are consistent with the curfew.

For the governor to hide behind “national television contracts” dictate these start times is nonsense. Especially in 2020, sports events are being postponed and rescheduled each week. The governor would have been wise to show a spine and tell the affected teams and television networks to get in line with the curfew.

One Texas university won’t give up on sports

An excerpt from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s website:

The University of Texas at El Paso is urging students and faculty members to avoid coming to the campus “wherever possible,” closing the student center and campus dining for two weeks. Professors should conduct only critical aspects of classes in person, according to a Thursday letter to the campus. The changes come as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in El Paso have climbed steadily this month.

One big exception? Athletics. “UTEP athletic teams competing in their championship season will continue to practice and compete under the NCAA and Conference USA stringent testing protocols,” Heather Wilson, the university’s president, wrote.

A football game against the University of North Texas has been canceled, despite Wilson’s advocacy to keep the game scheduled. She said in a statement this week that the university had a “safe place to play” and was “disappointed” in North Texas’s decision. 

What is not clear to me is whether these “stringent testing protocols” can be made available to the entire campus — not just at UTEP but throughout the country — and are not being done (too costly?), or if there’s some special arrangement between the NCAA and its partner institutions in which it pays for these tests.

Does anyone know?