By Matt Noonan
Welcome to Thursday, everyone!
It’s quite chilly outside this morning. In fact, I almost ordered a hot coffee from Starbucks but chose a cold brew instead. Was that a bad decision?
Let’s get to some news from the sports world, beginning with a recent update from the National Football League (NFL): The Atlanta Falcons are shutting down their facility due to “multiple positive tests.”
What exactly does this mean? We’re unsure, but as of now, the Falcons are scheduled to meet the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, but that game could be postponed or canceled, so stay tuned.
I am sorry to share not-so-good news (again!), but Nick Saban, who is the head coach of the University of Alabama‘s football team, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Additionally, Greg Byrne, who is the school’s athletic director, also tested positive, which means this weekend’s conference clash between the Tide and the University of Georgia could be postponed, but who knows?
As we noted yesterday on our mid-afternoon ‘Daily Noontime,’ two Southeastern Conference (SEC) football games for this weekend have been postponed. According to this week’s schedule from ESPN.com (as of 9 a.m. this morning), three college football games have been postponed this week. Could we see a few more due to a recent uptick in coronavirus cases?
Staying in the college athletic world, the NCAA‘s Division I Council voted yesterday to provide student-athletes that compete during the wintertime an extra year of eligibility. And according to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, those that play basketball or hockey would be able to return to campus next year even if they play one or two contests.
The NCAA also unveiled 450 host sites for upcoming championships, including lacrosse, which will return to Gillette Stadium in 2025 and 2026.
Here are some more news and links from the world wide web:
- The NCAA Division I council waived bowl eligibility yesterday for the current season (2020-21), including the “minimum number of contests for all football teams.” The window for the upcoming bowl season will begin December 1 and end January 11.
- Amazon will stream its first-ever NFL playoff game next January – it will be a wild card contest, to be exact. Perhaps this is a sign that the e-commerce giant is very interested in having more than just one game on its platform every week?
- In case you missed it (ICYMI): The 2021 NFL Pro Bowl has been canceled.
- According to numerous reports this morning, Cam Newton will rejoin his New England Patriots teammates on the practice field today.