Bruce Feldman, Football, Baseball discussed on Jim Rome
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We're joined by reporter for Fox Sports and Fox Boards, won a national college football insider for the athletic. He is a New York Times best selling author. His most recent book is the Q B, We are joined by Bruce Feldman. Bruce Always good to have you on How are you? I'm doing Well, Jim. Always good to talk to you. Great Abbey. Now, Bruce, Before I get into your annual freaks list, I want to get your senses how people around the world of college football reacted when they saw the story Bruce involving all the positive tests with the Miami Marlins. You know it got a lot of people's attention. Now, some of the aides and the power fire we spoke to said You know what? We expected some of this, but I think the idea that Look, this is a sport in baseball, where there's Maur, social distancing in terms of it. It's not like football. You have much smaller rosters and as a football coach, put it to me when he saw this story was like, Well, you know what? They're professionals were not so the optics aren't great. But, uh, hopefully that major league baseball HQ and keep having a season and then I think right now, college football is Trying at best they can to make a run at having a season as well. But obviously this is one of the things that is on the radar to see how is other sports going to make it work? It's not Annapolis apples comparison, but it's definitely something that got people's attention in there. Monitoring it. Brews Feldman's joining us. I mean, not only are they trying to make the season work still yet call it football, but even summer trying to make it work on time. As you've written. For instance, In the case of Oklahoma and Kansas, they have decided to open up their season against Missouri State and Southern Illinois on August 29th. What was the thinking behind those moves and is that still makes sense at this point? I think it gives them some added flexibility in terms of what could happen, you know, stretching out of season. It's one more week, so I think that's the thinking behind it. Now. Look, I've talked to some AIDS. And some some coaches who are looking at it going. You know what we feel like We have a little bit of understanding a better understanding Now of how This virus. Is how we can manage it a little better our players now after being around the program, of course for months. They probably take it more seriously now because they've seen some of the you know how it can spread not necessarily in the program. But certainly you know, a bunch of guys got together and played Madden or somebody went over to a pool party. And then all of a sudden that's how the cases piled up. So when you talk to people in a lot of college football, they're big concerns are what happens when the rest of the student body comes back and campuses get filled up, and those those students probably aren't going to take it seriously. As as maybe the people now around college football are. Will there be a surgeon that point starting in late August? I think that's something that is concerning, and also that You know, I've heard of Bunches. It's also yes older staff and some some coaches who could be at risk, too. And so I think there's a lot of stuff right now that they're trying to sort out. Talk Bruce Feldman, Bruce how point about the students and when they return? It was not that long ago that some of the sport was saying that if the students are not on campus, that athlete should not be either and there should not be sports. In other words. If it's not safe for the students, then it's not safe for the student athletes is that it is you're pointing out there people talking about this still yet. Is that? Still, the case has not been modified a bit that take I think it's been modified Some look, you can be cynical, You know, too cynical to say, look, sounds like they're moving the goal post. But I think there's also an element. I don't think this is insignificant. There's a lot of people in college or leadership who are going to make the argument. They look, they're probably more safer. In our structure that we have in our college programs, and they may be at home in terms of of Ah. You know, there's a lot of elements that it's not so cut and dry, and I think one thing you will hear a lot. Probably Mohr is going to be a bunch of places and say, Hey, you know what? It's probably better for you to take classes online, not be around as much of the student body. It's not so the closest thing they could probably get to creating their own bubble in college athletics Now, I don't think every program You can have all their college football players take online classes, but I think you will probably see that encouraged by a lot more people inside the program for that, because I think they're really worried about the risk of being around other students. And it's you know, it's one of these things where I think again. The optics of this are not great as you laid it out, and I think right now it's just Between the financial impact, and I think there's also a mental health components that if you talk to people inside college athletics that I think is a really thing about not having the structure that comes with it. It's not just Hey, it's all about the money. No doubt. That is a big part of this, but I think there's a lot of stuff that people are trying to sort out. In addition to a lot of the players they do wanna play and so How do you How do you Kind of balance this with a very riel problem. Azad pandemic that they're you know, they've never dealt with before Anything like it. Quite honestly. Bruce film is joining us. The Freaks list is out on the athletic sight. I will get that momentarily. Bruce. What about this notion that I mean programs obviously are taking steps to minimize contact between players. During workouts, but the fact is football is a contact sport. At some point, you're going to have to start making contact with your team mates in practice and opponents during games..