The NCAA often gets viewed in a bad light because of the numerous rules, guidelines and policies it has in place for college athletics. But the parents of Michigan defensive tackle Christopher Hinton actually want the association to add a few more to the already-thick book.
Chris and Mya Hinton are urging the NCAA to create policies for COVID-19 in an effort to protect the safety and well-being of student-athletes during such a concerning time. The couple recently launched an advocacy group called College Football Parents 247 in an effort to develop “a unified voice for football parents” to address “issues that deal with the well-being of our student athletes.”
In an interview with The Washington Post, the Hintons explained explained their concerns.
“We’ve been doing all the right things at home when the boys were here,” Chris Hinton said. “And then to release them under someone else’s supervision, we’re just concerned going forward that it looks like everyone isn’t on the same page.”
Since June 1, schools across the country have been allowing student-athletes to return to campus to participate in voluntary team workouts. Those colleges and universities have COVID-19 guidelines and protocols in place, but there have still been numerous reported cases of positive tests.
Clemson has had nearly 40 players and staff test positive. Kansas State halted voluntary workouts with 14 positive tests. LSU and Texas have also reached double figures.
While positive tests were expected, the question now is whether the campuses can control another outbreak. That could be difficult with many schools welcoming students back for in-person courses in the fall.
Mya Hinton told The Washington Post that she understands that a big reason behind pushing towards a football season has to do with the dollars and cents involved.
“The reality is, the whole reason we’re having this conversation is money,” Mya Hinton said. “These football programs — especially in the Power 5 (conferences) — fund the majority of everyone’s salaries. There’s a ton of money involved here, and that’s not a secret.”
Schools have already lost a boatload of money due to the canceled NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, the cancellation of spring sports and sending students home from campus. If football isn’t played, it would be catastrophic to dozens of athletic departments across the country.
In a time of uncertainty, though, the Hintons want some accountability. With still so many questions about the virus, the family thinks the NCAA can implement policies to help address health and safety concerns for the players.