Now What.. Whose On First??

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Last week added to my confusion to the plans for the fall season, and makes one wonder…. does anyone know with precision what’s in store for fall college competitive athletics?  At nine am on Friday, I was in contact with a friend who was in a position to know!!! ” We are definitely playing the fall season in line with the Patriot League guidelines, which states a Sept 4 start.,”he said. At 11:15 ESPN comes across with an article that the Lafayette/Navy football game on Sept 12 was cancelled. Then I get an email from the AD Sherytta Freeman confirming the game was cancelled, followed by a posting on goleopards  that says no sports will be played according to NCAA guidelines before Sept.18.

Back to my friend, ” At nine you were worried that we were canceling the season..so we are still playing.”he said.  After the requisite sigh, ” Didn’t we know about NCAA guidelines before the PL start date was set for Sept 4,”I remarked. I think there was an electronic shrug at the other end of the line.

I looked up the “guidelines,” which I think were promulgated in May. It is a recommendation for a phased in approach in 3 two week segments. It was additionally calculated ( by Patriot League “guidelines”) with a return date for athletes calculated to coincide with the return of all students. According the goleopards announcement, that return is August 8th.

This whole episode reminds me of the Abbot and Costello routine of “Whose on First.” It was a confusing diatribe, where it was hard to keep track of the players who had confusing names associated with the position they held. The NCAA says one thing, the Patriot League says another, not coordinating with each other. As of this date  none of the Patriot League schools seem coordinated. Holy Cross plans to start August 30 which should mean that they can’t play until Mid -October, Fordham has a game with Hawaii which according PL guidelines should not be played….it is still on the schedule. Bucknell and Lehigh  have pre September 18 football  games with Villanova still posted. Both schools have the same start date as Lafayette.

International students from Europe might have to take circuitous routes back and forth from the United States because of travel restrictions. The subject of fan attendance at games has not been revealed. The NCAA has enforced a “black out” period for face to face contact with recruits. Coaches are scrambling to rearrange schedules, first with the September 4 date in mind now it is the September 18 date in force at Lafayette.

On July 8 the Ivy League will probably announce the cancellation of fall sports, leaving additional holes in already decimated schedules.

Is there a difference between guidelines, recommendations and rules???

Who is leading……whose on first indeed!!!!! Someone please help me out here!!

 

addendum:

As I wrote this Harvard announced they will allow freshman to be in residence with some exceptions, this fall. Therefore no fall sports, they will allow only seniors in the spring…logically then no spring sports. All students will learn remotely. I guess they figure students at home will not catch the virus…really!!!???

This is truly bizzare!!!

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 25 year fan of Division one field hockey

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