College football schedule 2020: The 33 games already postponed or canceled due to COVID-19

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With COVID-19 still raging across the country, it was long expected that many college football games would be postponed if not outright canceled over the course of the season. With many unknowns about the virus and its long-term effects, schools are taking every precaution necessary to make sure the student-athletes and staff are protected. As we enter Week 7 of the 2020 season, there have now been 33 games affected by COVID-19 with most postponements coming as a result of contact tracing protocols that require players to quarantine for 14 days if they are deemed to have been in high-risk contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Seven such games have been canceled or postponed just this week.

Some teams, such as Florida, Missouri, Houston, Memphis, Baylor, FAU, Virginia Tech, Arkansas State, Charlotte and Rice have already experienced multiple game disruptions. Even those who have not seen a game postponed yet are living day-by-day as COVID-19 test results and subsequent contact tracing dictate if — and how effectively — they will be able to play as scheduled.

Now, a pair of SEC programs have been hit hard and forced to postpone games. Both Vanderbilt and Florida had numerous positive cases ahead of Week 7 and were forced to delay games against Missouri and LSU, respectively. The SEC left an open week before the conference championship game as a buffer for makeup games that will now be in use by four teams on Dec. 12.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they plan to conduct daily testing, which should help programs identify positive cases quickly and reduce the burden of contact tracing. But even with daily testing, successfully holding a season with no bye weeks leading up to the College Football Playoff will be a challenge.

Here is the full list of college football game postponements.

ULM at Troy

Sept. 5

Dec. 5

SMU at TCU

Sept. 11

TBD

NC State at Virginia Tech

Sept. 12

Sept. 26

Marshall at East Carolina

Sept. 12

TBD

Tulsa at Oklahoma State Sept. 12 Sept. 19
Louisiana Tech at Baylor* Sept. 12 TBD
Houston at Memphis Sept. 18 TBD
BYU at Army Sept. 19 TBD
Virginia at Virginia Tech Sept. 19 Dec. 12
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State Sept. 19 Oct. 10
Charlotte at North Carolina Sept. 19 Canceled
FAU at Georgia Southern Sept. 19 Dec. 5
Houston at Baylor* Sept. 19 TBD
Memphis at UTSA Sept. 25 Canceled
Georgia State at Charlotte Sept. 26 TBD
Notre Dame at Wake Forest Sept. 26 Dec. 12
North Texas at Houston Sept. 26 TBD
Tulsa at Arkansas State Sept. 26 TBD
South Florida at FAU Sept. 26 TBD
Temple at Navy Sept. 26 Oct. 10
Rice at Marshall Oct. 3 TBD
Troy at South Alabama Oct. 3 Dec. 12
Louisiana at Appalachian State Oct. 3 Dec. 4 or 5
UAB at Rice Oct. 10 TBD
FAU at Southern Miss Oct. 10 TBD
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern Oct. 14 Dec. 12
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Higher Education’s Big Shake-Up Is Underway

College closures, academic program terminations and institutional mergers are nothing new on the higher education landscape. They’ve gone on for decades, particularly during tight financial times. But this year, during what looks like just the initial phases of the coronavirus pandemic, large-scale administrative restructuring in higher education is accelerating at a pace seldom, if ever, seen before.

No mistake about it: the Big Shake-Up is underway.

Campus Closures

Already during 2020, a number of respected colleges have shuttered their doors or are being acquired by other institutions as administrators come to the realization that their campuses cannot survive the economic trauma wrought by the pandemic. In Illinois, MacMurray College closed and Robert Morris University has been integrated into Roosevelt University. Concordia University-Portland has closed up shop, so have Holy Family College in Wisconsin, and Nebraska Christian College, a branch campus of the Hope International University. In Ohio, Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, called in quits in April because of the coronavirus pandemic and declining enrollment.

Although one could claim that these closures involved mostly small colleges that had been on the enrollment and financial ropes for years, and therefore aren’t the best examples of schools knocked out by the pandemic, that view betrays a false optimism in light of the major universities and university systems now considering large-scale consolidations along with the faculty layoffs often preceding or accompanying them.

Institutional Consolidations

Last Wednesday, the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approved the next step in a process that could result in California, Clarion and Edinboro universities merging into a single unit in Western Pennsylvania along with the combination of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield universities in the state’s Northern Tier.

“We are seizing an opportunity to rise up together,” PASSHE Chancellor Dan Greenstein told the board for the 14 state-owned universities. Trying to put the best face on it, Greenstein insisted that the mergers would allow the schools to maintain their own identities, save money, benefit students and develop opportunities for growth.

In addition to the six universities targeted for potential mergers, the other universities in the PASSHE system, created in 1982, include: Cheyney, East Stroudsburg, Indiana, Kutztown, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester.

The Board’s vote to move forward with additional study and planning for the possible mergers reflects years of pressure to find savings in the system. Over the past decade, overall enrollment at its 14 universities has declined from 119,513 to 93,708 this fall. So while the pandemic may have helped trigger the latest move, the gun has been loaded for some time.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “In Western Pennsylvania, California saw enrollment decline by 27%, Clarion dropped 39% and Edinboro decreased 50%. In the Northern Tier, enrollment declined by 16% at Bloomsburg, 42% at Lock Haven and 47% at

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Sadness greets USF decision to close education college. ‘It’s wrong.’

Cassie Mattison knew from an early age she was born to be a teacher.



a man and a woman standing in front of a cake: Cassie Mattison, center, won Hillsborough County's teacher of the year honors in 2013. Still teaching at Strawberry Crest High, she said she wouldn't have become a classroom educator without USF's undergraduate program.


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Cassie Mattison, center, won Hillsborough County’s teacher of the year honors in 2013. Still teaching at Strawberry Crest High, she said she wouldn’t have become a classroom educator without USF’s undergraduate program.

“But if USF didn’t have a College of Ed, I would not be in a classroom, impacting thousands of lives over all these years,” said Mattison, Hillsborough County’s 2013 teacher of the year. “Countless former AP Literature students of mine are teachers now. One is even an assistant principal. They are all products of my classroom and the USF College of Ed. Never could I have imagined this domino effect.”

Mattison and many others like her expressed shock and dismay at the University of South Florida’s announcement this week that it would shutter the undergraduate degree program in the College of Education that has prepared thousands of teachers over the past six decades.

Even now, area school districts reported that between 30 percent and 40 percent of their faculty members had USF education degrees — more than any other institution. In Hillsborough County, for example, that translates to 3,692 teachers. In Pasco County’s teaching force, USF graduates number nearly 1,900.

The college’s enrollment shrank by nearly half over the past decade, though. Combined with budget woes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the odds did not play in the program’s favor.

Other area schools stand poised to take advantage of the position that USF ceded.

“We’re building our program,” said Colleen Beaudoin, education department chairwoman at the University of Tampa. “The timing is really good for us.”

Yet Beaudoin, a former high school teacher who serves on the Pasco County School Board, also lamented the USF decision.

“I’m disheartened for the profession,” she said.

That concern for the fate of teaching and public education in Florida came through loudly among the educators who remembered their own experiences at USF.

“I moved to the Tampa area to pursue my education at USF due to the high regard in which this program was held across the state,” Hillsborough County elementary teacher Lynn Delisle said via Facebook. “The decline in enrollment is not due to the quality of the USF program but rather the demise of the profession. No longer would I encourage anyone to go into education. It is a sad statement of our values as a nation.”

Another upset grad, Kelly Cassidy, left teaching to work for the family title business in Tampa, but says the lessons still resonate.

“It seems absurd to me that in a time where we were so quick to send kids back to school ‘because they need to learn and socialize,’ we are taking away the crucial programs that prepare teachers for these unprecedented times,” Cassidy said via email. “How are we to expect our children to be prepared for this world when we’re cutting key programs that prepare our teachers to teach them?

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Fall enrollment decline could result in $54M loss for Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, MI — Enrollment is down nearly 900 students at Michigan State University compared to last year, and it could cost the university $54 million in revenue as officials keep working through the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Enrollment for the fall 2020 semester is 49,695, which is 883 less students than the 50,578 enrolled in fall 2019, according to MSU’s enrollment report. There are drops in both out-of-state and international undergraduate students, which MSU President Samuel Stanley said could play a large role in the university’s revenue loss.

“The current tuition revenue reflects both a decline in total enrollment and an adverse change in student composition,” Stanley said in a letter to the MSU community. “It also is essential to note, a smaller class will have at least a four-year impact on our budget as that class moves through each year toward graduation.”

From 2019 to 2020, MSU’s international enrollment declined by 1,165 students, according to the report,

According to MSU’s office of admissions website, in-state freshmen pay approximately $14,524 for tuition and fees. That number increases to $39,830 for out-of-state freshmen and $41,330 for international students.

MSU chose to freeze tuition for the 2020-21 academic year, marking the third year in a row tuition did not increase at the university.

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This summer, Stanley and MSU administrators implemented cost-cutting measures after predicting losses of between $150 million and $300 million for fiscal year 2021, including:

  • Deferring some capital projects
  • Reducing unit spending by a minimum of 3%
  • Cutting pay for all MSU executive managers and deans, ranging between 2% and 10%
  • Furloughing more than 800 union employees and 700 student employees in units with severe budgetary challenges such as residential and hospitality services
  • Reducing wages for non-union faculty and academic staff, ranging from 1% to 7%, with those earning less than $50,000 annually exempt from reductions
  • Reducing the employer-match in retirement contributions for all faculty and academic staff from a 2:1 ratio to 1:1
  • Reducing university-related travel, contractors and vendors

MSU is also utilizing some of its reserves to fill remaining budget holes, Stanley said. MSU also has increased costs related to the coronavirus pandemic due to online class delivery, technology upgrades, cleaning and sanitation and COVID-19 testing and detection efforts, Stanley said.

MSU is delivering almost all its classes online, and Stanley — along with University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel and Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson — said he doesn’t expect students to return to the classroom until next fall.

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Cost-saving measures will continue, Stanley said, adding he plans to meet with the board of trustees in the coming weeks to discuss the university’s finances.

“In the meantime, MSU will continue to deliver on its core mission as an inclusive community with strong academic disciplines and a liberal arts foundation,” Stanley said. “Despite our challenges, we will continue providing a world-class

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Barrett’s response on climate change leaves some unsettled

Nominee calls policy issue ‘contentious’ (somewhere, Galileo is heard muttering)

In her confirmation hearings this week, Judge Amy Coney Barrett stated that she cannot express a view on climate change because it is a “very contentious matter of public policy.” As a science teacher and a graduate of Catholic school, I find this deeply troubling. What is contentious about climate change is not its reality but rather what to do about it. Barrett’s own religious leader, Pope Francis, knows this, as he called on people of faith to listen to scientists and take action in his 2015 ecological encyclical, Laudato Si.

I suspect Barrett was not consulting the pope but instead was revealing her lack of interest in scientific evidence that is inconvenient for conservatism. In that type of thinking, she is harking back to an earlier Catholic tradition, the Inquisition. The inquisitors famously took on Galileo for his heresy of writing that Earth moves around the sun.

Galileo is said to have muttered after his sentencing, “And yet it moves,” referring to Earth. Whatever Barrett may think, the science on climate change is clear. She cannot treat it like a legal problem with fascinating arguments on both sides. The science is settled, and as we ignore it, the earth not only moves, it burns.

Mary Memmott

Framingham

Much depends on court’s ability to respond to this existential threat

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is not a geographer, and would not be able to comment on the “contentious” question of whether the earth is flat. With luck, no flat-earth lawsuits will reach the Supreme Court during her tenure (if, as expected, she is confirmed). Cases involving climate change and greenhouse gas pollution are certain to arise, though. When that happens, will she recuse herself? Or will she join other conservative judges in effectively denying the settled science of climate change? Her evasive response to the Senate Judiciary Committee is not encouraging.

A great deal depends on the court’s ability to recognize and respond to this existential threat by embracing scientifically grounded policy solutions in the face of self-dealing denialists. Let’s hope Barrett studies up.

Brent Whelan

Allston

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UC Nobel winners underscore value of investments in higher education

The awarding of the Nobel Prizes to three University of California faculty members this month underscores the importance of the state’s world-class public higher education system to advancing the pace of discovery and innovation that fuels economic growth and improves lives.

UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna shared the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier for the co-development of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing breakthrough that has revolutionized biomedicine.

This technology allows scientists to rewrite DNA — the code of life — in any organism, including human cells. It has opened the door to treatments for thousands of diseases as well as new possibilities across biology and agriculture.

UC Berkeley Professor emeritus Reinhard Genzel and UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez shared half of the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics for “the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.”

They join a proud legacy of the UC system winning Nobel Prizes that stretches back to 1939 and includes 68 faculty and staff who have been awarded 69 Nobel Prizes. Their discoveries have advanced medicine, economics, physics and more, powering innovations that improve lives and strengthen the state’s and the nation’s economy.

To support them and help invigorate the economy, the state and federal government must continue to invest in California’s world-class public higher education system. The strength of the state’s economy will be critical to the nation’s recovery from the coronavirus downtown because California accounts for nearly 15% of the nation’s gross domestic product. The state’s public higher education system is critical to California’s economy. The UC system alone is the state’s third-largest employer and, along with the CSU, contributes over $60 billion to California’s economy every year.

As the world’s largest public research university system, UC is also responsible for sparking statewide innovation, with an average of five inventions per day. CSU is essential to the state’s workforce. One in every 10 employees in California is a graduate of CSU, and more than half of its alumni stay in California.

Yet California’s per-student funding is still far behind where it was in the mid-1970s, and that has driven up tuition, reduced course offerings, caused faculty to leave and increased time to graduation.

Now COVID-19 is ravaging public higher education’s finances. Responding to the pandemic has driven up costs as instruction shifted online and reduced income from dorms, dining and other “enterprise” programs. The state budget also cut $970 million from UC and CSU budgets.

Most of that could be restored with federal coronavirus assistance, but that funding has not yet been approved. A recent UCLA economic forecast said the relief package is critical to the state’s recovery. The UCLA economists predicted that a full recovery from the coronavirus downturn will take more than two years but said that estimate is overly optimistic if Congress fails to allocate at least $1 trillion in fiscal stimulus before the end of the year.

As graduates of the UC system, we know the difference public higher education makes in

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Florida couple arrested for stealing political yard signs: University Heights police blotter

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — Theft from private property: Hillbrook Road

At 10:15 p.m. Oct. 7, an officer watched as a pickup truck stopped in front of a house. The truck’s passenger got out, took a political yard sign from a lawn, and put it in the back of a truck. Police stopped the truck and found in its bed four yard signs.

Arrested for theft was a woman, 55, while her husband, 56, was arrested for complicity. The couple are residents of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Meanwhile, at 11:55 a.m. Oct. 7, a resident of Washington Boulevard reported the theft of political yard signs.

Traffic offense: Miramar Boulevard

At 11:35 p.m. Oct. 5, an officer saw a pickup truck being driven without registration. During the ensuing traffic stop, the driver, a Cleveland man, 46, told police that the truck’s registration had just been stolen a few minutes earlier. Police determined that the truck was not stolen.

The man was cited for operating a vehicle without license plates, driving with a suspended license and not wearing a seat belt.

Illegal use of credit cards: Cedar Road

At 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6, a University Heights woman, 51, reported that someone made a fraudulent charge on her credit card. The charge was in the amount of $618, and was made at Target, 14070 Cedar Road. The suspect is unknown. Police are investigating.

Traffic offenses: Warrensville Center Road

At 9:40 p.m. Oct. 6, an officer saw a Ford Explorer traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Warrensville Center Road and attempted to make a traffic stop by activating his cruiser’s overhead emergency lights. The driver continued driving, but eventually came to a stop.

The driver, a Cleveland man, 43, was cited for multiple traffic violations and issued a criminal citation for fleeing and eluding before being released at the scene.

Theft from auto: Washington Boulevard

At 7:45 a.m. Oct. 7, a woman, 39, reported that someone stole $100 from her unlocked car, which had been parked on her property during the previous night.

Alleged patient abuse: Fairmount Boulevard

Police, as of Oct. 9, are investigating a claim made by a girl, who is currently in the custody of the Seneca County Juvenile Detention Facility, that she was allegedly abused by staff members while living at Bellefaire JCB, 22001 Fairmount Blvd.

Burglary: Milford Road

At 3:55 p.m. Oct. 10, a man, 34, reported that several items were stolen from his home. The man is renovating the home and the stolen items were being used to carry out the renovation work.

Drug paraphernalia possession: Cedar Road

At 1:30 a.m. Oct. 11, an officer stopped a car for not using a turn signal and for not having license plates properly displayed. The driver, a Cleveland man, 29, consented to a search of his car.

In the vehicle, officers found drug paraphernalia. The man was cited for the traffic violations, as well as drug paraphernalia possession and driving with a suspended license.

Theft by deception:

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If there were an Electoral College to choose the NBA’s GOAT, the incumbent might be in trouble

If you think you’ve seen or heard every aspect of the GOAT debate between incumbent Michael Jordan and challenger LeBron James, hold on, we might have an element to top it all.

In this contentious election year, we bring you: the GOAT Electoral College.

No, we are not making this up.

OK, we kind of are, but the information we are using to conjure this fantasy is legitimate. The folks at BetOnline.ag compiled the data by examining geotagged Twitter data in the week since James earned his fourth NBA championship ring when the Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals over the Heat.

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They looked at tweets favoring James or Jordan throughout the United States and determined which player had the most support in each state.

Sporting News, using the Electoral College formula in place for the presidential election, determined James to be a runaway winner, 345 electoral votes to 193. LeBron carried 29 states, MJ had 21 and the District of Columbia.



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Jordan dominated in the mid-Atlantic region as well as the Midwest, reflecting his popularity in his home state of North Carolina as well as in Illinois, where he played the majority of his stellar NBA career and won six championships with the Chicago Bulls.

Perhaps it is to James’ advantage that he “campaigned” in Ohio, Florida and California — winning titles with the Cavaliers, the Heat and the Lakers. Those states together are worth a whopping 102 votes, more than a third of what is necessary for election to the office — of GOAT.

The decisive state might have been New York, which carries 29 electoral votes and went for James despite his quite obvious rejection of the Knicks’ attempts to sign him as a free agent. But lingering bitterness of Knicks fans over the Bulls’ success against their team during New York’s last great era might have been a factor. The Bulls eliminated the Knicks in four of their six title runs, compiling a 15-6 record in those series.

One might think this is a loopy way of annointing the greatest player in the history of basketball, but hey, that’s sort of how we are going to determine who runs the country for the next four years.

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UFC on ESPN+ 38’s James Krause wants to end fighting career on good terms





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ABU DHABI – James Krause spoke to the media ahead of his fight with Claudio Silva at UFC on ESPN+ 38.





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Krause (27-8 MMA, 8-4 UFC) discussed his welterweight bout with Silva (14-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), stepping in for the fight on just 13 days’ notice, the challenges of this specific matchup, balancing his career with coaching, his retirement plan and more.

Watch the complete interview in the video above.

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UFC on ESPN+ 38 takes place Saturday at Flash Forum at Yas Island. The entire card streams on ESPN+.

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Could this be one of Smith’s last moments of NRL magic?

Every game he plays Cameron Smith produces some magic that solidifies him as the greatest we’ve seen and in Friday night’s preliminary final against the Raiders the Storm skipper came up with perhaps his finest piece of work.

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Smith’s retirement decision dominated the headlines in the build-up to this finals match and it’s being widely reported the 400-game champion will hang up the boots after this season.

And with an incredible defensive play late in Melbourne’s incredible 30-10 win at Suncorp Stadium, Smith reminded us all just what we’ll miss once he’s gone.

With Melbourne foot on Canberra’s throat with eight minutes left on the clock, Smith stopped a certain Nick Cotric try, stopping the powerful Raiders back with an incredible one-on-one tackle on his knees above the line and forcing his opponent into error.

But it was Smith’s 60-metre chase from marker to stop the Raiders from scoring that showed exactly why, at 37 years of age, he continues to defy the doubters.

In his 19 years in the NRL, Smith has had his hand in some of the biggest moments the modern game has seen – however Fox League’s Andrew Voss labeled the tackle on Cotric his finest.

“That’s just about the greatest play of Cameron Smith’s career,” Voss said in commentary.

“He’s at marker when Canberra started this rush. He’s chasing at full pelt, he’s the last man to stop the try with his team in front by 24 (points), the great one produces that.

“I salute him, I think we all do at this point, even those who might not be his biggest fan for whatever reason. That was an incredible piece of play.”

Premiership-winning great Braith Anasta said it was a tackle that defined the type of player Smith has been.

“It epitomises his career and the type of players he is and what type of competitor he is. That’s why he’s still playing at the highest quality,” Anasta said on Fox League.

Smith’s jaw-dropping defensive effort headlined what was a relentless performance from Craig Bellamy’s men whose first-half onslaught ensured a spot in next week’s grand final and perhaps the opportunity to send off their skipper in the best way possible.

Melbourne scored four unanswered tries in the opening 25 minutes 

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