Kevin Negandhi spins the wheel of college football news, first with Heather Dinich as they discuss UConn canceling its season, the Big Ten revising its schedule to accommodate teams potentially quarantining, the role of the NCAA Board of Governors and if this is the the start of the Power Five schools breaking off from the NCAA (1:07). Then, Adam Rittenberg joins the podcast to talk about #BigTenUnited, how #BigTenUnited differs from the Pac-12’s player unity group, the potential for more NFL-caliber players to opt out of the season and the Pac-12 planning a loan program to rescue athletic departments if the season doesn’t happen (14:56). Later, Harry Lyles Jr. goes deep on the Pac-12 players’ demands for the conference and the “blueprint” they’ve created (28:00).
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast by getting into David’s idea of the FCS playing permanently in the spring. Then, Texas head coach Tom Herman drops by to discuss going to college with Dave Aranda, swapping notes with coaches all over the country during the pandemic, his optimism level that games will be played in the fall, his players pushing for change on campus and Sam Elingher’s return giving the team a quiet confidence (7:34). Later, Heather Dinich hops on to talk about the what Notre Dame might do for scheduling games with teams playing conference-only schedules, the upcoming NCAA Board of Governors meeting and the “in case of emergency break glass” scenario for the college football (32:57).
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart joins Kevin Negandhi and David and Pollack to discuss players taking personal responsibility during the pandemic, the uncertainties that remain about practice protocol, Jamie Newman, being the Chick-Fil-A of recruiting and playing basketball with Pollack (27:27). Plus, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman talks to Kevin about what he’s hearing as players return to campus, the Ivy League considering moving football to the spring, the lack of attractive of scenarios for college football with the pandemic still ongoing, and the misunderstanding behind a letter players wrote to the UCLA coaching staff (1:57).
Penn State head coach James Franklin joins Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack to discuss his decision to leave his family in Florida during the college football season, being transparent with players and parents, supporting athletes who take their issues public, Micah Parsons and his on the field outlook for the 2020 season (14:52). Plus, Kevin and David catch-up and talk about the high number of COVID-19 positives among college football teams returning to campus (00:00).