Outbreak in the NFL: Three Tennessee Titans Players, Five Personnel Test Positive for COVID-19

The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first COVID-19 outbreak of the NFL season in Week 4.

The outbreak threatened to jeopardize the Titans’ game this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers and posed the first significant in-season test to the league’s coronavirus protocols.

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High School Football Team Banned from Waving Pro-Police Flag After Online Backlash

A Florida High School has reportedly banned their football team from waving a flag meant to memorialize a police officer after critics said the display is racist.

The Fletcher High School football team had been running onto the field with the pro-law enforcement sign since last year to honor one of the player’s late father, a former cop who died suddenly in August 2019 after 29 years on the job. However the display was stopped this week after complaints, News4Jax reported.

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Michigan-Ohio State Finale Highlights Third Big Ten Schedule

The Big Ten’s third football schedule of the 2020 season is highlighted by Michigan-Ohio State on Dec. 12, the final day of the conference’s regular-season and the latest date the rivals have ever played.

The Big Ten released an eight-games-in-eight-weeks schedule on Saturday that will start the weekend of Oct. 24. Just three days ago, the conference reversed course and decided to play a fall football season after postponing on Aug. 11 because of concerns about COVID-19.

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Metro School Board Member Fran Bush Says MNPS Continues to Inch Behind While Other Counties Open School and Sports

Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Metro School Board Member for District Six Fran Bush to give updates on the reopening of schools and sports in Nashville.

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Ohio School Bans ‘Thin Blue Line’ Flag

An Ohio county commissioner asked a superintendent on Tuesday to step down for banning thin blue line flags from “pre-game activities,” according to letters obtained by a local NBC affiliate.
Geauga County Commissioner Ralph Spidalieri criticized Superintendent Michael Hanlon Jr.’s announcement that thin blue line flags would be prohibited from school activities after members of the Chardon football team carried one onto the field before a Friday game, 3WKYC Studios reported.

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MNPS School Board Member Fran Bush Discusses Her Crusade to Get Kids Back in School and Playing Sports

Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed MNPS school board member of district six Fran Bush to discuss her call for kids to get back to in-person learning and sports.

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Players Unite in Push to Save College Season, Create Union

Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds saw the tweets from Trevor Lawrence and other college football players pushing for the opportunity to play this season despite the pandemic.

Reynolds, one of the organizers behind a players’ rights movement in the Big Ten, didn’t like the way some on social media seemed to be pitting Lawrence’s message against the efforts of #BigTenUnited and #WeAreUnited.

“There was a lot of division,” Reynolds told AP early Monday morning.

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Commentary: New Evidence Shows Key Fans Unhappy with Sports Leagues Kowtowing to Black Lives Matter

If anyone was hoping that the return of the long-awaited Major League season would lift our spirits and bring us together, they had to be disappointed to learn that we are more divided than ever over the National Anthem kneeling debate. And although President Trump has not chosen to join the burgeoning #BoycottMLB movement on Twitter, the president has joined a growing number of disheartened baseball fans who are unhappy that their favorite teams are taking the knee. Even before the start of the season, President Trump tweeted that he was “looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!”

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After Talk of Collaboration, College Football Conferences Go Their Own Way

Plans for the 2020 college football season — if it is played — should start coming into focus this week.

They will trickle down from the top of major college football, with Power Five conferences putting in place revised schedules they hope will make it easier to manage potential disruptions brought on by COVID-19.

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Minnesota’s Betty McCollum Touts ‘Decade’ of Work to Change Washington Redskins Name

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN-04) praised FedEx and Nike for their efforts to pressure the Washington Redskins into changing the team’s “harmful” name and mascot.

“I have been working on this for almost a decade because I believe all people, including Native Americans, should be treated with dignity and respect – and not dehumanized as mascots,” McCollum said in a statement.

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Commentary: How Nike Transformed the University Of Oregon

by George Leef   While money is not the root of all evil, it is undeniably responsible for the transformation of the University of Oregon (UO). It changed from a typical state flagship where athletics were a nice diversion for some students and alums into a sports powerhouse where the…

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More NFL National Anthem ‘Kneelers’ at Titans Opening Game, Kaepernick Tweets Praise

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The Tennessee Titans opened their NFL season with an away game in Miami Sunday, where three members of the Dolphins protested the playing of the National Anthem. Two were ‘kneelers’ and one raised a fist. NFL ratings were down as the league kicked off another season three days earlier on…

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Ohio State’s Meyer Put on Leave, Inquiry Opened

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Urban Meyer’s job appears to be in jeopardy. Ohio State placed Meyer, one of the most successful coaches in college football history, on paid administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of domestic violence against an assistant coach years before the staff member was…

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Phillip Fulmer Reveals More Details About Top Assistant’s Sudden Departure

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer confirmed that the football program’s decision to part ways with former running backs coach Robert Gillespie wasn’t mutual, but both sides handled it professionally. Fulmer, who was speaking at the Big Orange TipOff Club in Knoxville via GoVols247 on Wednesday, revealed that Gillespie “didn’t like”…

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Report: Memorandum of Understanding Signed by Former Tennessee AD and Greg Schiano ‘A Non-Binding Document’

The memorandum of understanding signed by former Tennessee athletic director John Currie and would-be head coach Greg Schiano on Nov. 26 lacked the signatures of Chief Financial Officer David Miller and Chancellor Beverly Davenport, therefore, making it a non-binding document, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. The University of Tennessee…

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Tennessee Reportedly Set to Hire Alabama Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as Vols’ New Head Coach

Tennessee is expected to hire Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its new head coach, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. Pruitt, 43, has been the defensive coordinator with the Crimson Tide for the past two seasons. Alabama is ranked first nationally in scoring defense this season and second in total…

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Official Diagnosis Comes in on Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald’s Brutal Injury on Thursday

The bad news: Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is out for the rest of the year after suffering a brutal leg injury on Thursday night against Ole Miss. The good news: it appears he won’t be off the field for too long. According to the Clarion Ledger, Fitzgerald’s recovery timetable…

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Despite Plunging NFL Ratings, Goodell Contract Extension Expected to be Completed Soon

A proposed contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly is on track to be completed soon despite Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones recently threatening to sue the NFL if the extension is approved. Goodell’s proposed extension is expected to be completed at or before the NFL owners’ Dec. 13 meeting…

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NFL Owners Rebuke Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones for ‘Detrimental Conduct’

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been informed by other NFL owners via letter that he is engaging in “conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests,” the New York Times reported on Thursday. The letter was sent to Jones through his attorney, David Boies, on Wednesday, one day after Jones…

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Report: Tennessee Has Given Jon Gruden an Ultimatum on Open Head Coaching Job

It appears the “Grumors” surrounding the Tennessee head coaching position have reached an apex. According to Grant Ramsey of 247Sports, Tennessee athletic director John Currie flew to Tampa on Wednesday night, where it is believe that a pitch was made to Gruden on the now open head coaching job. Ramsey’s…

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College Football Writer Doesn’t ‘Think There’s Any Doubt’ Bret Bielema Will Probably Be Gone

Things haven’t gone well for the Arkansas Razorbacks on the gridiron this season and, frankly, it feels worse around the program than the team’s 4-6 record would indicate. With that as the backdrop, athletic director Jeff Long was relieved of his duties on Wednesday and that shined a (very) bright…

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CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee Calls Potential Tennessee Coaching Candidate ‘Home Run Hire’

Tennessee’s coaching search is officially underway following the termination of former head football coach Butch Jones on Sunday. Several names have been linked to the Vols’ coaching position for weeks, but CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee believes current Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is the best option. “Mullen would be a…

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Florida Gator’s Toney, Defensive End Polite Out with Shoulder Injuries vs. South Carolina

Florida Gators wide receiver Kadarius Toney and defensive end Jachai Polite have been ruled out for Saturday’s game at South Carolina, the team announced. Toney and Polite are nursing shoulder injuries for the Gators (3-5, 3-4 SEC). Toney has recorded 117 rushing yards and 115 receiving this season while Polite…

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Rumor: Tennessee’s Dream Option Taking Another Step in Consideration for Vols Job

Tennessee fans, take this latest GRUMOR for what it’s worth! FOX Sports Knoxville‘s Jon Reed joined The Drive on Wednesday afternoon to discuss a rumor involving Jon Gruden’s son Michael, a UT student, coming home to Tampa for a “family meeting,” this upcoming weekend. The rumor suggests that Gruden wants…

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