As players across the country continue to test positive for the coronavirus, can college football really expect a return to normal for the 2020 season?
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It's anyone's guess whether the college football season will stick to its script, but if it does, here are the most important games for each of the Top 25 teams.
- Clemson football: 14 more positive tests; 37 total
- Source: 23 Clemson football players now positive
- Clemson football players lead march on campus
- Clemson says 3 players tested positive for virus
Clemson announced Friday that 14 football players tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week after 23 tested positive earlier this month.
These players from college football's Top 25 teams have gone largely under the radar, but that could change this season.
Clemson announced 28 new positive tests for COVID-19 on Friday, and a source told ESPN's David Hale that 21 football players were among the new cases. Two football players also tested positive in the initial round of testing.
Clemson has dominated the Atlantic Division, and the ACC at large, recently, and the Tigers will most likely continue that dominance in 2020. Florida State and Louisville should be competitive, but it will be hard for anyone to compete with Clemson.
Trevor Lawrence, Dylan Moses and Matt Barkley are among the college football recruits who entered their freshman seasons with high expectations.
Maryland head coach Mike Locksley joins Kevin Negandhi to discuss empowering the young men on his team, getting a second chance at head coaching, health protocols on campus, being transparent with recruits and the latest with Taulia Tagovailoa's waiver (18:33). Plus, Adam Rittenberg and Kevin get into players speaking their minds publicly, Mike Gundy's relationships at Oklahoma State and if coaches will continue to take players seriously as the season gets closer (1:23).
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Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast talking about the college football players finding their voices and how it's playing out in places like Iowa and Clemson. Then, Florida head coach Dan Mullen joins the guys to discuss being apart from his team, the message to his team amidst the pandemic and protests following George Floyd's death, and what to expect from the Gators in the fall (12:49). Later, Paul Finebaum on why football coaches need greater accountability and refusing to walk back his comments that Nick Saban's window is closing (34:04).
RB Darien Rencher, LB Mike Jones Jr., WR Cornell Powell and QB Trevor Lawrence led a march on campus on Saturday in support of equality.
Three Clemson student-athletes -- two football players and a men's basketball player -- have tested positive for the coronavirus, the school reported Friday.
The Clemson board of trustees voted to change the name of its honors college after former players Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins urged the school to remove the reference to John C. Calhoun, the former vice president and slavery advocate.
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Christian Wilkins on racism questions around Dabo Swinney: "I know his heart and I know he's a great coach. He's passionate about developing young men on and off the field. Granted, he might not have said all of the right things. He might have done some things that people disagree with and that maybe I disagree with. But that just shows where someone like me could really be a help..to continue to help him and educate him, and continue to have those conversations with him about things going on."
Current and former Clemson football players have come to the defense of coach Dabo Swinney, who has drawn criticism for not firing assistant Danny Pearman after he used a racial slur during practice in 2017.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and three teammates will lead a protest on campus Saturday.
Former Clemson stars DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson tweeted their support for a petition to rename the school's Calhoun Honors College. Hopkins said the slave owner's influence is why he doesn't mention Clemson's name when introduced before NFL games.