Former Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter said players want revenue sharing and better COVID-19 testing, among other things.
Players from all 12 football programs in the Pac-12 are threatening to boycott the 2020 season if several demands aren't met, according to former Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter.
Carpenter, a four-year starter at Arizona State from 2005-08 before bouncing around NFL rosters and practice squads for four years, sent three tweets on Friday that outlined a potential boycott led by Cal football players.
"Thread- Pac 12 football players have created a list of “demands” 4 the [Pac-12/universitities] take into consideration, if the demands aren’t addressed/complied w/ the players R threatening to sit out the season. There is significant support growing among ALL 12 teams with 50 or more players on many of teams in support of this action/demands list.
"The initial idea was 2 create a players union, they decided time didn’t allow 4 this & figure the best way to create the change they want is 2 “boycott” the season. Things they r asking 4 is 50/50 rev share, 6 yrs insurance upon graduation, better Covid-19 testing & protcols etc etc ...The player led group is being spearheaded at [Cal football] & they have been holding phone calls with other Pac12 teams. There is some kinda of players only meeting/vote that will be taking place shortly."
When reached for comment Carpenter, now a podcast and radio host and contributor to KTAR-FM in Arizona, said the meeting and vote are taking place on Sunday, though it's unclear when a potential boycott would begin.
Eight days ago, the Pac-12 announced the cancellation of all non-conference games, which came about one month after the conference said all schools are required to test all student-athletes weekly. As of Thursday, 12 FBS teams had halted workouts because of positive tests; no Pac-12 team was among them.