College football isn't just battling COVID-19, but trust, discipline, protection issues as well

The COVID-19 pandemic took just two weeks to take a bite out of college football teams that reported back to controlled workouts as early as June 1.

“This season cannot go forward with teams gathered on the field, sidelines, locker rooms and doing contract drills without a modicum of trust.

At UCLA this past week, 30 football players signed a letter demanding a third-party medical person be in charge of their health — that they don’t trust head coach Chip Kelly or his staff to keep them safe from infection.

The Los Angeles Times obtained a copy of a letter given to UCLA officials by student-athletes claiming there has been dereliction of duty in treatments and health issues in the past and there is no trust.

Football science demands trust, discipline, organization, loyalty, chemistry, culture, direction, even a military-like atmosphere of compliance and routine.

FILE: LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) celebrates his touchdown reception against Texas A&M on November 30, 2019.

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