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Confederation History Should Have No Bearing On The 2020 Sec Football Season

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From east to west in the Southeastern Conference, history from the Confederacy lurks through campus quads up to school traditions. And even while social injustice and police brutality protests embroil the country, college football’s most dominant conference isn’t necessarily saying the South will rise again, but it’s saying it will continue playing football.

This is while one of the country’s preeminent doctors says football won’t be played because of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

All 14 school members of the Southeastern Conference have declared they plan to restart in-person classes on their campuses this fall. That pretty much means football will be played in the South, which shuns the statement of Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said football “may not happen this year.”

Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Thursday that players in a contact sport like football should be tested often.

However, Ross was a brigadier general for the Confederate army during the Civil War, and he needed a pardon from President Andrew Johnson to avoid prison.

Mond issued a statement this week to say Ross’s statue still needs to be removed from campus.

“The values of Texas A&M University do not align with RACISM, VIOLENCE, SLAVERY & SEGREGATION, but Jimbo Fisher’s most prominent saying will always stick with me: ‘Your actions speak so loud I can’t hear what you’re saying,'” Mond said. “The Lawrence Sullivan Ross Statue NEEDS to be removed. Texas A&M University, I NEED to see ACTION.”

Then in Gainesville, Florida on Thursday, this school decided to sever ways with its popular “Gator Bait” cheer that reportedly has racial ties going back to the early 1900s.

“While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” UF president Ken Fuchs said. “Accordingly, University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer.”

A fan of the Florida Gators holds up a sign that reads “Gator Bait” against the LSU Tigers during the semifinals on day 3 of the SEC Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament March 11, 2006 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
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School by school, from Columbia, Missouri (University of Missouri) to Columbia, South Carolina (University of South Carolina), and from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and every other school in the SEC, coaches and players have tried bridging the social justice gap.

All schools have declared they will try to open their campuses this fall, and they all plan on playing a full football schedule this fall. That is, unless a second virus wave sweeps through the South like an unexpected storm.

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