Report: COVID-19 concerns lead Syracuse players to sit out first practice
Members of Syracuse’s football team decided not to practice on Thursday, the team’s first scheduled practice for the 2020 season, due to concerns over playing through the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, players met with head coach Dino Babers and athletic director John Wildhack, according to Syracuse.com.
Practice was reported scheduled for Thursday afternoon, but hours before the start time players opted out of practice and instead held a series of team meetings.
According to the report, Syracuse’s players seem to be fine with the protocol and policies that are in place on campus. However, the biggest concern is that other ACC programs and opponents aren’t taking enough precautions to ensure safety during the upcoming college football season.
It’s unclear if Syracuse players will continue to sit out of practices moving forward or if issues were resolved on Thursday. The news comes a day after the ACC released its schedule for the 2020 football season.
Players in the Pac-12 and B1G have formed unity groups to address concerns about playing through a pandemic. It’s not known whether or not the ACC will take a similar measure.