| FTBL WaPo obtained an audio recording of a video conference between worried college football players and SEC medical officials

TerryP

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Interesting little back and forth going on today with the Washington Post and the SEC.

Klemko seems to be the one that started the "firestorm" with a tweet from earlier today. ( I'd encourage you to read the thread here.)




"The SEC hosts videoconferences with the SEC Football Student-Athlete Leadership Council to engage in candid conversation, share information and develop greater understanding of issues important to our student-athletes. The calls are intended to be confidential to encourage honest conversation. We are proud to provide our student-athletes with this forum and appreciate their willingness to engage with us on a regular basis.

"Wednesday a call was held, with the participation of our medical advisors, to provide insight and respond to student-athlete questions resulting from the unique environment produced by COVID-19. The information we gather while engaging with student-athletes helps inform Conference decisions and provides an opportunity to share information with our campus leaders to further enhance our continuing support of the student-athlete experience. The student-athletes on the call expressed appreciation for the honest dialogue, indicated the discussion was beneficial and requested a similar videoconference in the future. As we all work to adapt to the realities of COVID-19, we will continue to support the health of SEC student-athletes."

According to Robert Klemko of The Washington Post, one of the player's statements was "it's not good enough" during the call before the SEC announced publicly it was moving to its league-only slate.

Through sources, the newspaper reports that players were warned of unpreventable outbreaks that are going to happen for "every single team." The NCAA announced earlier this summer that players have the option to opt out this season and retain their scholarships, but only a handful have made that decision and none from the SEC.

Players on the confidential phone call were members of the student-athlete leadership council and represented the SEC.
 

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Listening to the type off questions being ask by the players is interesting. At some point the players have to accept their own personal responsibility and decide to play or not with the uncertainty and risk. Reading the Post article it did not seem the SEC officials tried to act like there was certainty where there was not. The players seems to want certainty. In this climate there is not going to be certainty, so now it is back on the player and his parents to make a decision. They do not need to make this about someone else should have done something which is common in today's world.
 

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