Trump says canceling college football season would be 'tragic mistake'

Trevor Lawrence

Over the past few weeks, college conferences have rescheduled their football seasons in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlantic Coast Conference and American Athletic Conference are both reportedly moving forward with their seasons as planned.

The latest list and call to form a union for college football players came just days after representatives of Pac-12 and Big Ten players separately issued a set of demands before agreeing to play this season. When players initially reported to campus after training in their hometowns, the positive cases were significant.

"I think it'd be great to have a players' association, but that's different from a union", said Swinney, who suggested last week that he'd be open to revenue sharing only if it's tied to graduation.

In regard to the graphic and the united front, Clemson running back Darien Rencher said in a tweet Sunday night that he and Lawrence "got together with representatives from every Power 5 conference via Zoom Call and this is what we decided upon". Pac 12 movement and #BigTenUnited were in collaboration with us.

As you can imagine, President Donald Trump isn't a big fan of these decisions, as took to Twitter with a very simple message: "play college football".

By Monday afternoon, even the commander in chief had commandeered the cause.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended Trump's tweet supporting the return of college football this fall.

"The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be canceled", Trump tweeted, with the hashtag #WeWantToPlay and a shared by tweet Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the same hashtag.

Lawrence hewed closer to the #WeWantToPlay line, saying that his priority is getting back on the field.

A parade of like-minded politicians passionately took up the cause Monday.

Other Republicans also joined in the football players' campaign, with Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan tweeting, "America needs college football". Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) went as far as to write a letter urging Big Ten officials against cancellation.

Kevin B. Blackistone: College football players are human beings first. The Big 12, ACC and SEC are vocal and determined to find a safe way to play this fall. "There are no guarantees that college football will be completely safe - that's absolutely true". Penn State coach James Franklin said he was "willing to fight" for his players.

"We all know there's risk, but it's fully my belief that these guys are safer here", Swinney said.



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