USC football players ask Gov. Newsom to allow play

Big Ten opts to resume season

OW Staff Writer | 9/18/2020, midnight

USC football players this week asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to ease public health restrictions to allow them to play a fall season.

The letter signed “The USC Football Players’’ asks Newsom to “work with us -- urgently and purposefully -- to find a path forward for us to resume competition later this fall so that we can have the same opportunity as other teams round the country to play for a national championship.’’

The letter on the football program’s stationery posted on Twitter by quarterback Kedon Slovis, receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and other players referred to the Pac-12 Conference’s partnership with a diagnostic firm aimed at providing possibly daily coronavirus testing for student-athletes in contact sports.

“According to the Pac-12’s Medical Advisory Committee, daily antigen testing with a turn-around time of less than one hour reduces COVID-19 infectiousness by 100 percent,’’ the letter said.

“With the Pac-12’s commitment to daily testing via its new partnership with the Quidel Corp. and the continued dedication to comprehensive health and safety protocols locally on our campus, we feel comfortable proceeding with this season.’’

The Pac-12 Conference postponed all sports through the end of the year due to health concerns from the coronavirus pandemic.