Welp, it’s official. Now, the question becomes will the Frogs replace the Bears, or will the Big 12 follow the Big Ten and Pac-12’s suit?
“The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the conference’s release about the decision. “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”
The Pac-12 is also delaying the start of mandatory team activities. Athletes who choose to sit out the season for precautionary reasons will have their scholarships and aid protected by the league and “remain in good standing with their teams,” the league says. That is a nice touch by conference leadership.
His coach says he has the “it factor”. Frog fans can’t wait to see that in person.
“It was a little challenging because I didn’t get to go anywhere I’d like to see,” Jackson said. “But TCU has been a school I’ve wanted to be at my whole life. The moment (Choctaw coach Jake) Corbin called and said I had Power 5 news coming my way, I was praying it would be TCU… I love the purple.”
Jackson is No. 17 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list for the state’s top class of 2021 prospects, and is the state’s top-ranked wide receiver according to the 247Sports composite. However, his journey to the Big 12 is unconventional.
After beginning his high school career as a quarterback with Harrah, Jackson transferred to Choctaw ahead of his junior season. It proved to be a good transition for him and the team, as he finished with 56 catches for 1,342 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season.
“My coaches did a great job moving me and transitioning me to wide receiver,” Jackson said. “It was new to me, but they really helped me transition and adapt. I embraced the grind they handed over to me.”
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I know you all won’t like this, but Mac is right.
There is no way to have college sports without students on campus.
The likely scenario means everything is simply pushed back one season.
The Texas-LSU game, scheduled for Sept. 12, would likely just be moved back to 2021.
By eliminating the non-conference games, all of these schools and conferences are doing is retreating to the tiny square of dry land as the tide closes in on their toes while praying the water recedes.
We are already wet, and now are all about to get super soaked.
This isn’t about the kids who play the games, because we know by now they will all, God willing, be OK.
This is about the adults who make the games possible, because we know by now they just may not be OK. And we know by now that COVID-19 is not the flu.
(Oh, and it’s about lawyers, too. Where would we be without lawyers?)