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Fall: Oregon Basketball
The outline of an unfortunate situation appeared on the Oregon Trail. It’s related to COVID – specifically the apparent violation of conference protocols by Ducks coach Dana Altman.
We framed it that way because the details are sketchy. What can and cannot be disclosed about COVID is regulated by student and staff privacy laws, at both the campus and conference levels.
But here’s what we do know:
– Duck point guard Will Richardson wore a mask during last week’s pre-game fight at Oregon State.
– Richardson didn’t wear his mask in the game, which Oregon won 78-76.
– There is no Pac-12 protocol that distinguishes between wearing a mask in game and in combat. Either you need one for both or you don’t.
– The Pac-12 issued a separate reprimand to Ducks coach Dana Altman at some point after the game, according to a report last weekend by Oregonian John Canzano:
“Oregon Ducks basketball coach Dana Altman was ‘privately reprimanded’ by the Pac-12 Conference, according to the source. Regarding Monday’s game at Oregon State and the Ducks players’ violation of conference COVID protocol. ”
Now, there are some missing pieces and unanswered questions, including Richardson’s vaccination status, whether the breach was related to isolation or quarantine procedures, and if Richardson was indeed the cause. by reprimanding Altman.
But the underlying facts indicate that Duck has been on par with COVID protocols in some form or another.
Are they the first men’s soccer or basketball team in the Pac-12 to run in violation of COVID protocols since the competition restarted in the fall of 2020?
Not if the allegations against the Arizona State football program are correct.
Is Altman the first head coach to be individually reprimanded by the conference over COVID?
We do not know.
Is it more of a personal reprimand than a few stern words from HQ? Are there any sanctions considered against the program?
Also not clear.
But Pac-12 schools have devoted enormous resources and unfathomable effort to developing and enforcing COVID policies that allow competition to continue while keeping players and coaches reasonably safe.
Any violation of those protocols – whether it’s Oregon basketball or Arizona State football or any other team and any other – is extremely serious and deeply regrettable.
Rising: Washington football
What is a fun moderate UW schedule has become markedly more attractive with two moves in the past six months:
– First, the Huskies and Michigan State have developed a series of family and family movies that have been prepared for the late 2020s and early 2030s. The teams will meet in 22 and 23 instead.
– Second, the Huskies have agreed to live in the same house with Tennessee. It’s the SailGate Series, if you will, as both stadiums allow boat travel.
Important Point: Schools are said to have begun discussions prior to forming Pac-12’s alliance with the Big Ten and ACC, eliminating the possibility of internal resistance.
(Also important: Unions are not legally binding.)
With the deal, Washington will visit Knoxville in 2029 and return to Seattle in 2030.
Combine the two developments with a two-game series against Ohio State under contract and UW’s Power Five rival lineup now clears us for a show of magnitude.
2022: compared to the State of Michigan
2023: at Michigan State
2024: compared to Ohio State
2025: in Ohio State
2028: vs. Michigan (rescheduled from 2020)
2029: in Tennessee
2030: compared to Tennessee
That leaves the ’26 and ’27 seasons with just one A-player. In theory, the ’26 game should be played at Husky Stadium and the ’27 game on the road to match the number of days home. each year on the Pac-12 schedule.
(Then again, the Pac-12 schedule could change if schools approve a move to eight conference games.)
Washington’s out-of-conference lineups through the 2020s also feature multiple Mountain West rivals, allowing UW to choose on an ABC scheduling model: one Power Five competitor, one team of five, and one competitor. FCS every season.
It wasn’t easy for UW to convince SEC programs to visit Seattle, in part because the change in distance and time associated with the return flight left SEC coaches wondering about the standard schedule disruption. for the game next week.
The last SEC team to visit Husky Stadium was LSU, for the 2009 season opener.
Falling: Pac-12 Soccer Star Power
ESPN recently issued a reminder of the Pac-12 pipeline issues with the all-American team early in the 2022 season – a list that is sure to impact pre-season hype machines across the country.
The Pac-12 only had two representatives and one was a Go player: Kyle Ostendorp of Arizona was joined by the 26-man team by Washington frontier rider Zion Tupuola-Fetui.
In case you assume that ESPN only picks players from the greenest-blooded shows, it’s worth noting that Army, Kansas State, Northwestern, Louisville, and Pittsburgh all have one player picked – the same number as the entire Pac -12 (excluding special team positions).
The Pac-12 not only lacks elite teams, but also lacks elite players. It hasn’t sent a finalist in the Heisman Trophy Awards since 2017 (Stanford’s Bryce Love).
The scarcity of star power is not due to a lack of talent in the region.
In fact, ESPN’s all-American team features four players who come from the foot but don’t play in the Pac-12:
Alabama fullback Bryce Young (LA), Texas fullback Bijan Robinson (Tucson), Georgia fullback Brock Bowers (Napa) and Georgia fullback Kelee Ringo (Scottsdale).
Rising: ASU and Colorado Soccer
By our calculations, both shows are net negative going into this week – they’ve lost more talent to the transfer portal than they’ve gained.
But notable developments over the past 48 hours could signal orbital changes in Boulder and Tempe:
– The state of Arizona received a pledge from the Nesta Jade Silvera, a 300-pound internal defense line from Miami.
His presence will help make up for the losses of eventual Tyler Johnson and nose guard DJ Davidson. If Jermayne Lole stays healthy, the Sun Devils could have one of the top defensive fronts in the South.
– Colorado has landed on Tommy Brown, a promising former 4-star player from Southern California who has played meagerly at Alabama for more than three years.
Brown’s arrival didn’t offset the debilitating departures of full-back Jarek Broussard, Brenden Rice recipient, the safety of Christian Gonzalez or corner-back Mekhi Blackmon, but it was a start. Its anything else Positive for the Buffaloes.
(Also positive for CU: the launch of the ‘Buffs NIL Exchange’, a platform that will help Colorado athletes build their name, image, and similar endeavors.)
We are a few months away from the final version of the transfer portal. In fact, the chaos probably won’t subside until the end of the spring practice. But every movement counts – going and coming – when it comes to swing level players.
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