NCAA D-I Council Approves Voluntary Activities For Football & Basketball

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The NCAA D-I Council voted to end the current moratorium for sports through May 31st. (PHOTO COURTESY: VisualHunt.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Today was a good day for NCAA Division I basketball and football players.

The NCAA D-I Council voted to end the current moratorium this afternoon on all athletic activities through May 31 and allow student-athletes to return to their respective campus for summer workouts from June 1 to June 30.

The news of today’s announcement was confirmed and reported by Yahoo‘s Pete Thamel, as well as Sports Illustrated.

Student-athletes that compete in other sports, such as soccer or field hockey, could learn as soon as next week if they would be allowed to return to campus to start their training for hopefully a fall season.

While it is not expected that every student-athlete will bolt back to campus to begin their respective training, it is likely that schools will welcome back athletes that may be living on campus or nearby. Perhaps more athletes will follow – in fact, Thamel reported that some colleges could see up to 25 or 30 student-athletes on campus next month, but of course, social distancing will be enforced in weight rooms and other facilities

Today’s ruling could be the sign of more good news to come as the 2020 college football season is currently slated to commence at the end of August.

These upcoming workouts won’t be the same as they have been in the past, according to Sports Illusrtrated, which reported in its story that student-athletes would normally spend eight hours a week training, including six hours with their school’s training staff.

Noontime Commentary: Where Things Stand With College Football

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The question of if and when college football returns should be answered in the coming weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Ken Lund on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-SA)

By Matt Noonan 

For the moment, it appears as if the upcoming college football season is in limbo.

There has been a lot of talk and insight from various minds these past few weeks about the 2020 season. Some think a 12-week campaign is feasible while others are hesitant – can we really play games in the midst of a pandemic?

And then there is the issue surrounding testing. Will there be enough for every player, coach, and team representative? How many times will they need to be tested? And what happens if a coach, player, or team representative contracts the virus? Would that mean Saturday’s game against Clemson University or Florida State is canceled or postponed?

As Notre Dame‘s athletic director Jack Swarbrick told Sports Illustrated last week, “Statistically, if you have 20,000 students on campus, chances are pretty good that some are coming back with the virus. We’ll be testing like crazy.”

Testing will be the key for not just Notre Dame, but every institution – big or small – with keeping students, faculty, and staff safe during these unprecedented times.

While many are anxious for some news and announcements about the upcoming college football season, as well as if and when schools will be open, it appears those decisions should be coming in the next few weeks. And it is possible some decisions such as if and when a fall sports season could occur, may come as late as mid-July.

So, for the moment, we wait and anxiously scour the internet and social media for any breadcrumb we can find about the upcoming college football season, along with the new normal.

Daily Noontime – September 30, 2011

The Red Sox have a lot of questions to answer this offseason!

Alright – “It’s Friday, Friday – Getting Down on Friday…” Whoops! Sorry Rebecca Black!

Indeed – it’s Friday, and time to hand out some headlines and news. Have a great weekend and of course, enjoy our most recent edition of the Daily Noontime! 

Headlines: 

* After Thursday’s press conference at Fenway Park, it’s safe to say, the Boston Red Sox are a team in turmoil.

* The MLB Playoffs officially begin Friday, which means it’s time to break down the eight squads that’ll be playing in October.

* According to sources, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein admitted that the team’s meltdown wasn’t Terry Francona‘s fault.

* Due to Indianapolis’s quarterback merry-go-round of quarterbacks, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne admitted on Michael Irvin‘s radio show Thursday that he’d like to see Curtis Painter under center instead of Kerry Collins or others.

* The Tampa Bay Rays rookie pitcher Matt Moore is expected to start game one against the Texas Rangers on Friday.

* In case you need some help with a few NFL picks – here’s Sports Illustrated’s Peter King with his week four winners and losers.

Games to Watch: 

* Tampa Bay at Texas (MLB Playoffs) – 5:07pm eastern 

* Detroit at New York Yankees (MLB) – 8:37pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

The 162nd day of the MLB season was fascinating, which is why we’d like to watch it… again! 

NFL 2011: AFC West Predictions

Expect yet another quality season from Rivers, as well as his San Diego "Super" Chargers!

By Matt Noonan 

Similar to the AFC South, this particular division is a true mess. Besides the Chargers and Raiders, both the Broncos and Chiefs are complete disasters. Who’s more likely to succeed, John Fox or Todd Haley? In the end, expect the Chargers to walk all over their three divisional brothers.

1.) San Diego Chargers [12-4] – Sports Illustrated’s Peter King admitted in his recent preview that he’s a fan of the Bolts. However, do they have what it takes to win? Hmm… well, they don’t have the greatest coach, but instead, a quality quarterback that’s tough as nails. Remember when Philip Rivers played against the New England Patriots with a torn ACL? He’s tough, really tough, so hopefully his gritty attitude and effort will finally help San Diego get over the hump.

2.) Oakland Raiders [8-8] – The Raiders aren’t exactly what they used to be, but clearly, they’re on the rebound. The Silver and Black are young, quick and athletic, but they also lack a true leader. They’ll certainly be competitive this season, as long as running back Darren McFadden stays healthy.

3.) Denver Broncos [6-10] – Head Coach John Fox enters his first season with a team that won four games last season. Hopefully, they’ll surpass that number this season and win five. Also, will Tim Tebowbe handed the starting job at some point this season? It’s possible!

4.) Kansas City Chiefs [5-11] – The Chiefs probably had one of the worst preseasons in the history of the NFL. They looked confused and dumbfounded, plus, quarterback Matt Cassel has resorted to his original ways. Don’t bet on the Chiefs this season, they’re taking a step back from last year.

Daily Noontime – December 10, 2010

Happy Friday! With it being the end of the week, Noontime Sports wants to help kick off your weekend with our Daily Noontime for December 10, 2010, have an awesome and fantastic day/weekend!

Headlines:

* With it being Friday, it can only mean that Sports Illustrated’s Peter King has unveiled his NFL week 14 predictions, so without further ado, let us ask the question, did he pick your team to win?

* After an important Thursday win for the Colts, who beat the Titans, 30-28, is it fair to say that Peyton Manning deserves to be in contention for the MVP award?

* Despite the four fines that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has endured all season, will it affect his play going forward and into the playoffs?

* The NFL is still contemplating the idea of creating an 18-game schedule, which could or could not make the league more enjoyable.

* With the baseball Winter Meetings coming to a close, which team will be able to land the free agent pitcher by the name of Cliff Lee?

* The NBA, who will face a labor agreement issues following the current season is considering and contemplating the idea of bringing a professional squad to Louisville.

* Army and Navy will be playing football against one another this weekend, who will win and why? Here is a possible solution to this question!

* Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has deemed the Miami Heat the best team in the NBA.

Games to Watch:

* Montreal at Detroit (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

*Oklahoma City at New Orleans (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* L.A. Lakers at Chicago (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Atlanta at San Antonio (NBA) – 8:30pm eastern

* Tampa Bay at Edmonton (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern

* Orlando at Utah (NBA) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Never try to dunk the ball from the foul line, unless… you can dunk it from the foul line. That should be a rule!