Lou Holtz, the legendary college football coach, told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Friday that the list of demands from players in the Pac-12 and Big Ten likely scared the presidents of their leagues because the list seemed to have been written up by lawyers gearing up for a lawsuit.
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He said the Big Ten’s demands were not nearly as “far-left” as the Pac-12’s, but he estimated that the presidents of those conferences looked at the demands and said, “Woah, they must already have a lawyer planning to sue.”
He said these presidents decided to go the safer route amid the coronavirus outbreak and decided to cancel the season.
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Todd Starnes, the host of the program, asked Holtz about the best option and what he would do if he made the final decision.
“If I was commissioner of college football, I would simply say this…That this is an illness that we have to be serious about. However, if you have asthma, if you have diabetes or something along that line and chose not to play, we’d certainly understand that and probably say that’s a good choice.”
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But he said anybody who wants to play should be able to be tested and play out the season. He said that there are drugs on the market that are showing promise and under his leadership, the leagues would proceed and the season would be played.
“There’s risk in everything you do, but to shut everything down in the world, to shut the economy down—I’ve been in quarantine here for seven months, it drives me crazy now—let’s get back on with our life. College football is exceptionally important, particularly down in the Southeastern Conference. Let’s move forward.”
He said any time players start to make demands, there are going to be problems. He said that is not to say that he does not value the concerns of players and said during his coaching career he would have a panel of players who voiced any issue affecting the club. But he said he would always maintain veto power.
“Coaches coach, players play, administrators administrate, reporters report, there’s no overlaps. But I want to get your opinion because it may influence my decision,” he said.