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As summer rolls on, coronavirus concerns haunt college football

Mizzou Links for Monday, June 22

There isn’t a lot to say about COVID-19 that hasn’t already been said. Sam already laid out some really cogent thoughts yesterday morning, and you should definitely check them out.

But we’re not the only ones concerned. Ben Frederickson at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch made the case yesterday that college football could be the most complicated sporting situation caused by this hastened return to action.

That’s especially true as concerns continue to mount around the college football landscape. After several reports of programs testing dozens of positive players, Rutgers was the latest hit with the big news of positive tests on Sunday.

All of this comes amongst the UCLA player demonstrations, which may represent the canary in the coal mine of player empowerment in the coronavirus era.

What happens if Mizzou has several players test positive and refuse to play? Does Eli Drinkwitz go the way of Chip Kelly or respect his players’ rights to keeping their health (and the health of others) in order?

Luckily, we’ve yet to hear of any confirmed positive tests. But it seems like only a matter of time until we do... and then we haven’t even started talking about the eventual cases that may pop up during the season.

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