The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.07.24

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I’m really busy today and have a handful of things that I have to get done (outside of STP) so you get a very abbreviated Morning Stake.

* Austin American-Statesman’s Brian Davis talked to Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec about football returning and there being two weeks to still make a decicion and must be ready to pivot:

What is an acceptable infection rate? That hasn’t been determined by the league, Schovanec said. Both Schovanec and Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt have discussed 20% as a possible number. Should 20% of a team test positive, that week’s game would be postponed, hypothetically.

That decision will not be made solely by the Big 12 presidents. “Deciding what is the critical threshold, the input of coaches and ADs is critical,” Schovanec said.

Football is critical to each school’s bottom line. Even Texas, with its budget of almost $225 million, needs football revenue from TV broadcasters and season ticket holders.

“Kirby and his team have done a lot of planning about the financial implications that we face,” Schovanec said. “What do we do if we have a reduced schedule? What do we do if we don’t have football? If we don’t play football, it will be difficult to have any sports.”

Asked if that meant from a medical standpoint or financial one, Schovanec said, “Both.”

* CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodds writes about how the NCAA Board of Governors could cancel fall championships:

On Friday, the NCAA Board of Governors is scheduled to consider voting on whether to cancel fall championships. One source told CBS Sports that is the only agenda item for the NCAA’s highest governing body.

In essence, Friday could become that go/no go moment for the college football season.

While the vote — in the moment — would have no direct or immediate impact on the FBS, the implications of such a decision are significant, layered, complicated and maybe tragic.

While the season probably isn’t going to go away Friday, it soon could. Through that board — mostly presidents and chancellors from all NCAA divisions — the association has more leverage than ever over major-college football, a sport of which it has largely lost oversight.

Here are some tweets.

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