Trump encourages football as 2 conferences bow out

first_img Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENT Last Updated: 12th August, 2020 07:04 IST Trump Encourages Football As 2 Conferences Bow Out President Donald Trump is encouraging college football to go on despite the coronavirus pandemic. “Hopefully we can watch colleges play football, we want to get football in colleges,” said Trump Tuesday at the White House First Published: 12th August, 2020 07:04 IST President Donald Trump is encouraging college football to go on despite the coronavirus pandemic. “Hopefully we can watch colleges play football, we want to get football in colleges,” said Trump Tuesday at the White House.Big Ten and Pac-12, announced Tuesday that teams won’t play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19.Five months after the first spikes in coronavirus cases in the U.S. led to the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournament, the still raging pandemic has begun tearing down a sport that generates billion of dollars for the schools that compete in it.Despite pleas from players, coaches and in recent days to play on, 40% of major college football teams have now decided to punt on a fall season.The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference are still moving forward with plans to conduct a season as college football’s lack of centralized leadership has left every conference to decide for itself.The Big Ten’s announcement came six days after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only football schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.The decision was monumental but not a surprise.Speculation has run rampant for several days that the Big Ten was moving toward this decision.On Monday, coaches throughout the Big Ten tried to push back the tide, publicly pleading for more time and threatening to look elsewhere for games this fall.The president also spoke about protecting the American people from evictions.This comes as no new talks  between Trump’s team and negotiators on Capitol Hill as the president tries a go-it-alone strategy.Over the weekend, he launched a series of executive actions  that give the appearance of a White House taking charge but may end up providing little help for ordinary Americans.The president’s orders seek to reverse the devastating fallout from unemployment assistance, eviction protections and other aid that has expired.But there are limits, and legal pitfalls, in trying to make an end run around the legislative branch.Image credits: AP center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img