NCAA releases guidelines for in-season COVID testing

The NCAA released COVID-19 testing guidance for the upcoming season Thursday, continuing to paint an ever-complicated picture of what it will take to have sports this fall.

If there are sports at all.

As part of guidelines, the NCAA recommends athletes who test positive for COVID-19 sit out from competition for at least 10 days. Furthermore, anyone who has been in close contact with an individual who tests positive must quarantine for two weeks.

Power 5 programs, including Indiana, have been testing athletes as they return to campus for voluntary offseason workouts. The NCAA’s document provides further insight into how players and coaches should be monitored in-season, which could be exceptionally difficult for “high risk” contact sports such as football.

In those sports, athletes should be tested every week, within 72 hours of competition. Basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, rugby, soccer, squash, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling are also in that category.

Baseball, cross country, and softball are examples of “medium” risk sports. Swimming, diving, golf, tennis, and track and field are considered “low” risk sports. Those individuals do not need to be tested every week, according to the guidelines.

Testing isn’t a cheap proposition, either. According to IU, each test run through its student health center costs $100.

Along with athletes, the NCAA is also recommending that game officials be tested every week. There is also a recommendation for schools and conferences to consider “universal masking” for coaches and other personnel, as well as student-athletes wearing masks “when they move from the court/field to the sidelines for timeouts or between-period strategy discussions.”

In the case of a positive test, the NCAA laid out contact tracing protocols for isolating individuals who may have been in “close contact” with the infected person. According to CDC guidelines, close contact would be someone who was “within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes,” or had direct physical contact with the person, or if they were sneezed or coughed on by an infected individual.

Especially in a sport like football, a positive test could knock out a large chunk of a team for two weeks. Or possibly even entire teams.

“The difficulty is defining individuals with a high risk of exposure,” the NCAA’s document states, “and in some cases, this could mean an entire team (or teams).”

The NCAA’s guidelines also come with a plain warning that sports may not be possible in some areas of the country.

“At the time of this writing, the rate of spread of COVID-19 has been increasing in many regions of the country. Because of this increase, it is possible that sports, especially high contact risk sports, may not be practiced safely in some areas,” the guidelines state. “In conjunction with public health officials, schools should consider pausing or discontinuing athletics activities when local circumstances warrant such consideration.”

The NCAA listed factors that may make it necessary to shut down athletics, whether it be a lack of testing and surveillance capability, increasing positivity rates in a school’s locality, or local public health officials stating there is a lack of hospital infrastructure to accommodate a surge in hospitalizations related to COVID-19. 

Along with the release of its guidelines, the NCAA also released a graph showing the trend line of new COVID-19 infections in the U.S. and elsewhere. The U.S. line far outpaces Europe, Canada, and Japan, climbing above 700 new cases per million residents.

Text on the graph points to the end of the U.S. trend line and reads “Where we are,” comparing it to a hypothetical trend line from April — which was tracking below 400 — and saying “Where we thought we’d be.”

“This document lays out the advice of health care professionals as to how to resume college sports if we can achieve an environment where COVID-19 rates are manageable,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement. “Today, sadly, the data point in the wrong direction. If there is to be college sports in the fall, we need to get a much better handle on the pandemic.”

68 comments

  1. In those sports, athletes should be tested every week, within 72 hours of competition. Basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, rugby, soccer, squash, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling are also in that category.

    That’s a lot of very expensive testing….Everything hinges on swabs.
    Will UNC be doing ‘ghost swabbing?’
    Will Louisville swab their hookers because they also fall into the category of “high risk” contact sports?
    Will Sampson be inclined to use a 3-way swab?
    Does a Tom Crean swab really have more “upside?”
    Will halftime baton twirlers fashion their batons to look like giant swabs?

    Swabpalooza?

  2. And the biggest question….

    Will there be the formation of a ‘Swab Search Committee?’

  3. The chart is interesting. but as the CDC learned you better look quick. Soon any and all pictures, literature, & charts mentioning the word COVID will be forwarded to the White House before public release. Anticipate the ‘black marker’ used to demonstrate NOAA’s course error tracking Hurricane Dorian, to either correct the COVID literature or as the CDC learned – disappear.

    And good luck with any football season.

  4. Agree with Ron….It’s appalling that the CDC has been taken out of the ‘reporting’ loop. We are truly walking around in the dark.

  5. HT Guys. Feel free to delete my post of 8:04 pm. I should not have interrupted the comments with my Trump bashing. I agree with the post but realize this is not the place for it. And sorry guys.

    1. Glad you didn’t delete the post. I relish knowing personal opinions. What the hell else is a blog good for?Even if I disagree 180°, as I do with Ron on this topic. Ron states his mind without bloviating. A real novelty around here.

  6. I saw it as a refreshing truth. Nice to hear some once in a blue moon.
    Trump will not win the next election without college football. This is why I’m confident there will be college football.

    1. Okay H4H,

      I was waiting for this little discussion to come up. A great opportunity to illustrate just how narrow are the information sources consumed by some. A couple little factoids to share, and see if anyone actually knew this. I hear the bemoaning of the supposed hospital reporting requirement change from the CDC to HHS. First little factoid, how many know that the books have been cooked by significant numbers of local health organizations in their reports to the CDC? Some of the most egregious examples of these actions have occurred in the state of Florida, where one institution reported a 9.8% rate as 98%.

      Second little factoid, the CDC has certain authorities, but is very limited in terms of both capability and the authority to enforce compliance in many areas other than quarantine. Does anyone see a connection between false reporting and the ability to hold criminally liable for such? Best part about this is, the information I cite came from some of your very narrow information sources back in 2014, when they were attempting to defend an extremely inept administration’s response to the Ebola crisis.

      Here’s a bonus factoid, you probably hadn’t heard from your sources. Apparently a few days ago the CDC director admitted in an interview which has since been quashed, that the source of the actual spikes which did occur recently in southern states was not due to opening prematurely. It appears to coincide with the Memorial Day holiday when apparently thousands of northerners fled south from certain very restrictive states to be able to enjoy a holiday. Problem is, they brought the infection right along with them from their mismanaged homes states.

      Now I’m sure some will be aghast to hear such things and want to attack certain inconvenient truths which don’t fit their perspective on life, but be it as it may . . .

      1. This sounds like the Limbaugh / Levin news network, which most people don’t take seriously for obvious reasons.

  7. What is the testing procedure for the I U Students? Your student athletics are a small part of the testing equation, when compared to the number of students, staff and professors. The $100.00 tests for the athletics will be chump change, when compared to the testing costs for the other people on campus.

    1. IUS,
      The only thing I can speculate on in regards to the cost concerns you raise, is the hope that market forces will solve the very pertinent issue you raise. If the test providers are able to continue to ramp up production of the kits at current accelerating pace, at some point in the near future, the supply will be sufficient to catch up with the demand. When that occurs, look for large purchasers, such as IU, of such supplies to be able to leverage the costs down considerably. At least that is what past history has taught us in a variety of diseases.

  8. You know BD,

    That sounds just like a tired talking point one would find in the supposed “newspaper of record”, while remaining oblivious to reality that it had been thoroughly discredited innumerable times, and often by its own people. When I responded, I did so because I actually thought most of the posters to this site might have just a little intellectual curiosity and integrity. I guess I am probably going to proven to mistaken in that assumption/hope.

    Just for the record, I rarely listen to one, and never the other of whom are being cited. In such a case, the purpose being mainly to checking out a variety of media sources to see if anyone is picking up on an important issue. My preference has always been to go to direct information sources and not second or third party, or the hearsay which constitutes a great deal of what being feed by the usual sources. That being said, in my second paragraph I did go to a source you would possibly consider “credible” solely for my own entertainment purposes.

    As is customary, most who hear a message which doesn’t fit their personal biases, attack the messenger, but remain deliberately clueless regarding the reality of the message.

    1. When I responded, I did so because I actually thought most of the posters to this site might have just a little intellectual curiosity and integrity. I guess I am probably going to proven to mistaken in that assumption/hope.

      Well, at least that’s more of a shotgun blast of condescension.

      I would concede a point about some ‘Northerners’ heading south for Memorial weekend. Parents have no control of their entitled teenagers who live each day as immortal slaves to their exploding hormones. One would hope adults could control instincts with “logic” and unselfish quests aimed at a greater societal good of all for just a few months. That is something I “hold no hope.”
      Also, there are instances of very selfish people who attempt to draw naive inhabitants from the North to the South (e.g. My wife’s family who live in Florida. They are making my wife actually feel guilty for not going down to that Petri dish blossoming in 1000% humidity this week to celebrate a birthday). A few weeks ago my wife’s controlling and manipulative sister insisted the virus would be gone by mid-July. Oh, yes, it’s gone…..It’s gone through the roof!

      Percentage Confusion: My guess is the only time 98% took the place of 9.8% would be found in the correct responses of Trump’s cognitive ability test. ‘SLOW THE TESTING DOWN PLEASE!’

  9. Does Vegas have betting odds on some of these topics over and unders, point spreads, topic comments and on and on and on? Does Lloyds of London want sell insurance on some of these topics and get into playing the odds?
    Another example of mankind turning things into a macro and micro fiasco.
    Accurate vs Inaccurate information intentional vs unintentionally.
    Constructive vs Destructive.
    Chaos vs System of Order.
    Just add this to the list of many things that can harm and or kill me.

  10. Think. Regardless, I have seen many of the inaccuracies, misinformation and misleading reporting by so called experts and non experts. Life, sickness, injuries, and death will go on.

    1. t,

      That was probably the most brilliant comment I have seen posted to this board! Absolutely correct.

  11. For those who really don’t want to engage in most of our nonsense postings, there is a really great article from our friends at the CQ regarding the perfect length of an IUFB game. One word of caution, it is deeply painful for the truly faithful IUFB fan.

  12. I remember 2000 and was at memorial stadium as Randle El and coach Cam C. leading big against NC State and fresh Phillip Rivers 21-3 in second quarter. End of game NC State 41- IU 38. After IU battle losses to N.C. Tar. and (many others) Cam Cameron mantra became “these young guys are going to get better and better.” Seems kinda appropriate description of IU football win loss tradition. Then, on a positive note I was at Memorial stadium 1968 as IU cardiac kids came back to beat Arizona in a pre big ten conference beautiful fall afternoon game…the tone was set for that successful win loss season.

    1. Aww t,

      You make my heart wax fondly remembering the almost forgotten ’68 season. All 4 losses were to top 20 teams and 2 of those were on the road. However, IUFB did have a great road win over ranked MSU. Saddest thing is the lost opportunity the ’67-’69 IUFB had if they could have held it together. A lot of folks don’t realize just how close the ’67 team came to FB immortality, and ’69 is a tragedy which could have been avoided with better handling of the situation by IU. Cost the program a chance at a return trip to Pasadena.

  13. Looking back at the past where the facts are known and making what if’s is okay, however the present 2020-21 season is my concern. If the football and men’s basketball has a, “No Season” or a very limited season with “poor” financial returns for “all” college sport’s programs” this will have an huge negative impact for several years going forward. The saving factor will be a big “If” a vaccine is produced in a timely manner.

    1. I agree with your concerns IUS,

      So here’s a question to add to your “big ‘If’,” questions. It is a “what if” question. What if we never discover a workable vaccine to COVID-19? Last time I looked we still do not have a working vaccine for the much deadlier to this point, Spanish Flu. Do we stop everything until we have a vaccine, or do we hope that it mutates sooner rather than later? If nothing changes, how long can we hold out before we can longer stop everything or even a portion?

      1. Vaccine? We ain’t need no stupid vaccine. We ain’t need no masks. Masks are for sissies. We ain’t need no social distancing at rallies. We ain’t need nothin’.
        All Trumpsters simply believe in ‘heard immunity?’
        I heard Trump say it there….I heard Trump say it where…I heard Trump say it then….I heard Trump say it when.
        Heard Immunity: Nothing to fear but not hearing it from Trump. Meanwhile, his actions herd thousands like cattle to a Covid death camp known as an overrun hospital.

  14. For those who challenge tia’s comments posted above (at 6:52) or question information based on the source, I encourage you to read the recent resignation letter written by Ms. Bari Weiss, the former New York Times Opinion Page Editor and writer. And by the way, Ms. Weiss is and has been a very liberal/progressive Democrat! I expect we will soon hear/read that she has filed a law suite against her former employer. And if so, and the case goes to a civil trial, where the plaintiff’s “discovery” and evidence can be revealed in court, it’ll be a bomb that does enormous damage to the nation’s largest newspaper and the highly biased news media in general. But I suspect the NYT will be under enormous pressure and do everything possible to avoid that case going to trial

  15. One last comment on this string. Does anyone really believe there would be this much consternation about COVID-19 if this was not a Presidential election year?

  16. “That kind of skeptical, questioning, “don’t accept what authority tells you” attitude of science – is also nearly identical to the attitude of mind necessary for a functioning democracy. Science and democracy have very consonant values and approaches, and I don’t think you can have one without the other.”

    Carl Sagan

  17. Po,

    I wasn’t going to mention specifics but I was thinking of several other colleagues of Ms. Weiss, and herself included.

    Here’s another little thought item for those who do not think medical organizations would deliberately falsify medical records. I cannot begin to tell you how many times just the CMS and other governmental agencies have gone after multitudes of medical providers for fraud and many other abuses. If you think it is bad when they are just simply defrauding the various payers for unwarranted payment for medical services, imagine what they’d do when there is an incentive to find COVID cases? No, not all medical organizations are crooked, but neither should we be naive concerning how many out there are.

  18. It’s my understanding that Tonto refused to wear the mask…..It was the Lone Ranger who was the sissy.

    We now return to regular programming and regularly programming your mind with the sounds of a “logical” Trumpster.

  19. Po…We need to hear Ms. Weiss. Somethings need to be known for our society to survive. ….. Due to the impact I believe any President’s response to COVID would be questioned. Election year or not. ….. Carl Segan quote kind of brings up the WH press conference quote of “Science will not stop the schools from fully opening” ?

    TAI….. Ouch. I worked for a Health Care company that in the 1990s was hit with the largest fine (at the time) for Medicare fraud. Two numbers guys went to prison . Based on ‘up-coding’ patient diagnosis and treatments. Complaint was valid but coding at the time was a wild west type thing. A patient requiring a tracheostomy in ER generated more hospital revenue than open heart surgery. Owner and CEO knew nothing (?) and was not charged. Few years later he become the Governor of Florida and is now a Congressman in Washington. Florida remembers him for his memo to state agencies and employees mandating that the phrase ‘global warming’ was never to be used.

    Trump scares me. But so does the Democratic far left.

  20. Thinkaboutit, I read a story in the Omaha World Herald( mid March 2020) about the Spanish Flu, and how the initial outbreak and the second wave of Spanish Flu cases on the population and you are correct about the “No Cure” for the Spanish Flu and the Spanish Flu finally went away, or ran its course, a very interesting story.

    1. I’m hoping our understanding of microbiology, antigens, antibodies, T-cells, Y-cells, B-cells, RNA research, DNA research has evolved just a bit since the days of the Model T (which did not run on a T-cell battery) crank-start cars and the Spanish flu.

      There is no guarantee ….but science has evolved a bit in 100 years. The scary stuff is where the evil infiltrates the science and a potential for future biological warfare to escalate. Also, there are many who believe our encroachment and abuses upon wildlife is pushing many of these viruses into other populations via their stresses to immune systems and to their survival. Next thing you know, you’ll be calling our current ‘Bunion in Chief’ an conservationist/environmentalist.

      The destruction of natural habitats of all things not Homo sapiens makes cures for anything rather meaningless. What sort of world will that “bubble” look like? Extinction is what it will look like.

      1. What we should be shutting down (rather than bars and beaches) are those horrible wildlife abuse centers known as “markets” in China and throughout the world. Are own record on the transporting and treatment of animals for slaughter isn’t much better.
        And we should stop romanticizing killing wildlife and going into the last vestiges of wilderness to assassinate a grizzly bear.

        Until we cherish resources and treat all living things with dignity, our pathways to diseases and extinction are on a one-way highway to a cold dead planet.

      2. You know H4H,

        It is very obvious you have never suffered from bone spurs in the feet, if you had you would be much less likely to make such callous remarks. 2 things you need to know, first they can be removed surgically, but they can also come back. Second, the military has a history of rejecting or allowing exemption of potential recruits with foot problems. I wonder why? You never know it might be the need to be on one’s feet a great deal of the time, ya think?

        I find it interesting that a certain philosophy prides itself in being “tolerant” and “sensitive” while claiming the other side to be the equivalent of Ogres. Funny thing is, some of the most intolerant and insensitive people I’ve ever met have been those of that “tolerant” and “sensitive” philosophy. Not giving anyone a pass but if the diagnosis was legitimate, and I’ve seen nothing to indicate otherwise, then to lampoon anyone with such a condition is quite heartless. Please note, I’ve said nothing about his upcoming opponent’s very obvious condition other than this comment.

        1. He lost any chance at claiming anything as a legitimate voice when he demeaned a Vietnam prisoner of war. Sounds like quite the repression in cowardice of an egomaniac to me.

          1. And I will happily admit any absence of tolerance or sympathy for a fascist.

          2. H4H,

            Are speaking of demeaning a very bitter individual who did everything he could to undermine the current resident of the WH during his campaign? Then when called out in no uncertain terms went out in a very vindictive manner using extreme measures to procure a falsified document from a foreign source which has now been debunked (and its a matter of public record) in order to start an illegal investigation (and that too, is now a matter of public record)? Is that the “honorable” individual you speak of?

            Speaking of throwing around a lot of scurrilous charges which you are very good at, you also might want to learn the definition of a what it means to be a fascist. You certainly are laboring under a very false impression, unless you are doing so deliberately. However, to save you a great deal of time, we’ve just witnessed a very good example of such in the streets of our nation, burning, destroying, and killing indiscriminately. You might want to go back and study a little bit of the tactics used by certain parties in the late 1920’s in order to obtain power in Germany. A great many of the tactics are identical, and I have no “tolerance or sympathy” for those who don’t know the difference, deliberately or not.

            However, if there is anything I detest greatly it is the injection of the corruption of politics into sports. Therefore, going forward, I’m out of such discussions.

          3. I have never suffered from bone spurs…I think I’m currently suffering from butt spurs and mortar dizziness.
            Too much time in this hard chair talking to brick walls.

            We’re all changing the world one flat ass at a time.

        2. We all know what kept Trump out of Vietnam. No shame in it. It was dad’s money. Thousands likely used college to do the same thing. But if you couldn’t afford college or didn’t have a parent with political or financial influence….? Your only alternative was to perform an Ali or flee to Canada.

          The shame is not wanting to march yourself to death in a needless war having zero support from the majority of the citizenry. The shame is elevating yourself to act like a war hero in every challenge while demeaning true veterans and heroes who fought and believed their country had their back.

  21. The Evansville kid who gave up his senior year and a possible shot at Mr. Basketball for early enrollment at IU – With the way things are looking he may have been better served staying in High School ? From some Indy Star interviews and reading between the lines maybe High Schools have a better chance of a season ?

  22. And Mac McClung went to Texas of all places…That’s looking like a real brilliant move.
    Bloomington is nearly Covid-free, Mac! And it’s the safest city in America, you damn leapfrog fool!

    It my guess that the Evansville kid reclassifying is what turned Mac away from seriously considering a destination a perfect match for his personality/grit/game. Damn shame. And damn shame that 1/2 billionaire infected his brain to go play basketball i n a football state.

  23. I know for a fact that many hospitals have been grossly over-reporting COVID cases. My neighbor’s daughter, a young women I’ve know since she was born, is an ER nurse. She visited her parents recently and became very emotional. She and her fellow ER nurses had four patients present to their ER in one day, and all of them died shortly after arriving. The supervising physician and department manager told these nurses to record the cause of death for each those patients COVID. My neighbor’s daughter knew the cause of death in each case, and COVID had nothing to do with any of them. The reason the nurses were instructed to falsify the COD was that the hospital would get much higher reimbursement for treating COVID patients, and even higher reimbursement if COVID is the cause of death. It was a sham, and another example of fraud.

    This young women is as honest and honorable as any person I’ve ever known, and she was really distressed that her employer tried to instruct her and her colleagues to falsify the cause-of-death. They refused to do so. She explained that the immediate families of the four deceased would also have to worry about COVID on top of dealing with their grief over the loss of their loved ones. If you don’t believe this type of fraud has been happening in huge numbers all across the country since Congress passed the COVID relief legislation, you are dangerously naive. A friend of mine is an Emergency Medicine physician in a large suburban hospital. He estimates that the number of COVID related deaths in America has been over-reported by as much as 40%. He also believes that the fear of contacting COVID, which has prevented people from getting healthcare, has caused more people to die than COVID.

    1. Po the initiation of those sad practices you just described have been rampant and ever increasing since the days Medicare and Medicaid launched. But yet we keep sending our income to DC for those Vaseline salesmen to allow to be stolen. “Wink and a nod” management.

  24. ” I know for a fact”….

    Possibly the five most dangerous assembly of words in the English language. And introduction of such claims usually an indication of being totally oblivious to any. It’s certainly removed from any journalistic integrity and constitutes an immediate applying of the brakes when viewing or reading someone making that form of introduction. Revealing for someone who claims they have had a background in journalsim.

  25. Big outbreaks of Covid in MLB. Games already being postponed. Infection of a couple players balloons to 1/2 a roster in 24 hours. More games postponed until Sunday.
    NBA “bubble” can’t even keep a member from going to strip club before official games even resume?

    What sort of dream world are these people living in? I think we now understand the impact of travel and the virus spikes/spread.
    And an NBA guy can’t go a week without breaking the rules to get to a strip club? Of course, he was in the city already and was merely going to the gentleman’s club for the delicious lemon pepper wings that he simply can’t live without.

    What’s next? Next round of filling empty seats includes replacing fans with cardboard cutouts of hookers (dressed up as hotel room maids) and strippers eating chicken wings ?
    Let’s make the boys feel at home while the virus spreads like wildfire in clubs and clubhouses.

    Do we really think our college football rosters won’t experience the same outbreaks happening in MLB barely into its first week? Do we really think college athletes won’t break the same trusts being broken in the NBA “bubble?” Discipline was thought to be the answer to containing Covid? Where have we seen any discipline across the country to contain this virus? And we somehow believed it would be different in the world of narcissism, partying and promiscuity in our sports world?

    Dream worlds…..Do you actually have to attend an Ivy League school to have an ounce of reality and commonsense?

    1. The big outbreak was all in one team, who happen to be based in a hotspot for the virus. By the way, not one positive test this week for anyone else in MLB.

      Facts, like brevity, matter.

  26. Facts do matter….and the fact is this experiment is not even out of the gate and a team had multiple infections. And most of California and Texas are also “hot spots”…More damning facts. I do suspect those states have a considerable amount of professional and college teams.
    Happens again to a different team and the unavoidable reality of a virus multiplying through multiple teams and scenarios, along with the far too many schedule changes and disruptions, will be the writing on the wall how fragile containment is.
    More facts? Another fact is the many reservations players are now feeling after witnessing just how fast a weak barrier can collapse. All it takes is one team or one person to break the guidelines/bubbles/mutual conditions/mutual respect and seasons will collapse.

    More facts? NFL has cancelled preseason. Calendars keep getting pushed back in hopes the virus would evaporate into the sunset. And even after getting pushed back, we have nearly an instantaneous sample set of outbreak before teams have crossed into any realm of multiple trips and the multiple paths existing in the fast world of traveling sports teams.

    The virus is just too thick ….and too rampant in many parts of the country. The reliability of athletes (an obvious percentage with low levels of maturity to take Covid seriously) to contain themselves and follow protocol is about as likely as giving a pyromaniac a match and not expecting a fire. This virus only takes one careless match before its out of control.

    Then again, most reasonable assessors of facts would understand there are bigger things in the country right now than millionaires strutting their stuff for Mickey Mouse and then going to their favorite strip club. Normalcy for them? Sure.

    Did you happen to catch the assessment of the facts coming from Bob Costas today? There are some reasonable minds out there.

    1. You claimed “big outbreaks of Covid in MLB”. That wasn’t accurate, no matter how many blustery paragraphs you concoct in your defense. We’ve seen that never works for you. Remember, brevity.

  27. It had the effect of postponing 11 games. More players have tested positive since putting up my post. How many teams want to play the Marlins right now? How fast will they all be cleared of Covid? How many in staff and clubhouses did they potentially infect? Have they traced all their interactions that caused the barrier breakdown to know the origin?

    We’re barely one week into the revised season. There will be more sizable outbreaks on more teams once travel involves multiple cities.

    Did you listen to Costas? There are reasonable minds out there. Then again, he already has his seven homes and hasn’t needed another day in front of the camera for a very long time.

    Sports should have been postponed. Cardboard and Covid….This isn’t sports. It’s unadulterated greed. More Mickey and strip clubs and chicken wings and outbreaks coming soon. Obscene desires to sell something as “normal” to secure greed while thousands upon thousands suffer and hit unemployment lines. Tone deaf greed.

    Appears you’re still hooked on my “brevity.” lol. Choice A…or Choice B?

    Choice A: Snidely worm on hook
    Choice B: Prefer my brevity

    1. Rather than continuing to complain about what you don’t know, why not just turn the channel or, better yet, turn it off? No one will miss a consumer or fan they never had. Brevity.

      1. You should really get yourself more informed…and turn a few channels.
        You demonstrated nothing of knowledge. Your demonstrations are of snide and rebuking anyone not fitting your slant/agenda.

        There are plenty of very concerned families/parents of athletes with regard to the NCAA’s lack of protocol and the rush in bringing them to campus right now without consistent guidelines.

        But there was another option for programs, Chris said.

        “It’s simple: Don’t bring them on campus,” he said. “Don’t bring them back. I know for certain our two sons are safer at home than at a college setting right now (courtesy: Chris Hinton) .”

        https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-ncaa-football-mya-chris-hinton-parents-covid-19-20200721-wrepu5zh2zfqvnsgd5maypmbvq-story.html

        1. I like CH, but his statement would’ve been just as accurate a year ago, ten years ago, twenty, next year . . .

  28. BD, I appreciate your effort but fear it is wasted. Keep in mind that all such posts include brevity to me because I never read any of them. That’s the only way to manage the issue.

    The scroll down feature on a computer-mouse may be the least appreciated technology ever invented.

  29. That is a good plan, BearDown…Why don’t you just stop reading my posts?

    Choice A: You’re addicted
    Choice B: You have no control of your snide

    1. Choice C: They occupy an inordinate amount of space here and tend to dominate (purely from a volume standpoint) each and every thread. Ignoring them is impossible, kind of like ignoring the weeds in your garden. Brevity.

  30. Wrong!…Quick Draw Snidely McGraw.

    Based on your response (commonsense, by the way) you picked A & B. I bet you also brag of passing a Donald Trump football cognitive test, believe in alien DNA for medical treatments and there’s the existence of a vaccine to prevent people from being religious (if injected with the anti-Clorox serum).
    See this expert for further details

    Join the club…You’ve got the addiction in a bad way.

    1. I hope you checked your blood sugar after this post. You seemed to be veering toward incoherence. At least you got the brevity part right.

      1. I guess you’re not keeping up with the local witch doctors being quoted by our fearless leader. I’m surprised because IU Basketball had a witch doctor of sorts for almost 10 years. You could say the coherence is solid gold per usual….A snidely response from BearDown is what’s known as a ‘positive test’ reflecting his infection to everything I write.

        Choice A: You can’t be anything but snidely.
        Choice B: You are addicted to all forms of a Harvard post though originally professing to the glory of brevity.

        I don’t know what you’re “bearing down” on, but I hope you someday pass it. You’re a tribute to the evolution of anal retentiveness. Are you also a very religious man? I only ask because our last basketball coach seemed to be plagued by similar issues.

        1. So, “no” on the blood sugar check, as this unhinged sequel to your previous demonstrates. Try to orange juice or a candy bar and get back to us when the dizziness abates.

          1. Looks like you went with A & B again…..

            Were there issues during potty training? Bear down! You need to pass the blockage ..It’s putting too much pressure on your brain stem.

          2. “Try to orange juice”…? Maybe the blockage (a.k.a. #to on the brain stem) ? Maybe you need some Preposition H?

  31. I wanted to take this time and space to make an announcement : winningest coach at Univ of Illinois Lou Henson died Saturday from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

    1. Always thought he was an easy coach to underrate because he wasn’t very well spoken and never had the reputation as an innovator. But his teams played hard as hell, they were well prepared, and I know Coach Knight respected that part of their program immensely. We’ll never know how far Jimmy Collins took things in recruiting, and there are some Marcus Liberty stories that made us wonder, but that’s another topic. RIP, Coach Henson. The Bog 10 was better because of you.

  32. Remember Tsao, gents…? Now that was volume. He posted in chapters. I was a big fan. He had a very accurate nose for some detractors. Most were just jealous of his creativity and his unpretentious (no rose-colored glasses needed) honest and objective love for Indiana.

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