Sensing momentum for canceling the season, players and coaches have endorsed playing with some conditions, including strong safety protocol, protections for those who opt out and support for a players association. Traditionally, Saturday's are reserved for college football, while the NFL holds down all of Sunday. Some players may drop off their teams, but many need to have game film and can't afford to miss those games. By Monday morning, players, coaches and athletic directors across the country began to use the hashtag. Not divide and argue.
"I think by the end of the week the fall sports will be postponed in all conferences", a source told Sports Illustrated.
"People are at just as much, if not more risk, if we don't play", Lawrence continued on Twitter. Included with Lawrence's tweet was a graphic that merged the #WeWantToPlay movement with the #WeAreUnited movement.
The Power Five conference commissioners met Sunday to discuss mounting concern about whether a college football season can be played in a pandemic, and players took to social media to urge leaders to let them play.
But Clemson's star quarterback Lawrence posted a statement on behalf of the athletes demanding the season to be performed, with Trump becoming a member of the debate by estimate tweeting in reaction. "#WeWantToPlay", said Trump in a tweet. The Mid-American Conference postponed their football season.
Prior to that, 21 Gators had tested positive for the virus, the source said.
The MAC's decision came less than a month before the first games are scheduled to be played and raised questions if other conferences might follow. Perhaps most frustrating for UCF and fellow Group of 5 schools, they do not have a seat at the table as Power 5 leaders are expected to decide the fate of the 2020 season during the next few days.