United States President Donald Trump has backed calls by quarterback Trevor Lawrence for the college football season to take place amid rising coronavirus cases in the country.
Many reports suggest the Big Ten leans towards pulling the plug on its fall sports season, with the other Power 5 conferences – the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC – in discussions and possibly follow-ups.
But Clemson star quarterback Lawrence issued a statement on behalf of the athletes demanding the season be played, with Trump joining the debate by tweeting a quote in response.
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He wrote: “The student-athletes worked too hard to have their season canceled. #WeWantToPlay. ”
“We want to play football this season,” the players’ statement read. “Establish universal health and safety procedures and protocols to protect college athletes from Covid-19 at all NCAA conferences.
“Give players the opportunity to opt out and respect their decision. Ensure eligibility whether a player chooses to play the season or not.
“Use our voices to build open communication and trust between players and officials.
“Ultimately, create an association of college football players. Representing the actors of all Power 5 conferences. “