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College football players start ‘We Want to Play’ movement

The growing concern around college football is the uncertainty of the 2020 season. While the Power Five conferences decided to go with conference only schedules (with plus one’s in terms of non conference games in some), the coronavirus pandemic still looms around the United States.

Power Five conference commissioners participated in an “emergency meeting” Sunday due to “growing concern” about the possibility that college football cannot be played this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, per a published report by ESPN. According to ESPN, Big Ten presidents, after holding a meeting Saturday, are prepared to “pull the plug” on the conference’s fall sports season.

The Big Ten presidents “wanted to gauge” if administrators of other conferences at the Power Five level — the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — would do the same, per ESPN. Citing sources, ESPN said a “vast majority” of Big Ten presidents would vote to suspend the football season, potentially deferring for the spring, but no official vote was held during the meeting Saturday.

While the Presidents discuss the status of the season, many players are making their voices heard on social media, trying to spread their desire of wanting to play the upcoming season.

College football saw its fair share of opt outs so far, notably with players like Micah Parsons (Penn State), Rashod Bateman (Minnesota) and Caleb Farley (Virginia), but others are speaking up with their wishes to play.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is leading the charge of “#WeWantToPlay” on social media, with others like Ohio State’s Justin Fields and North Carolina’s Sam Howell following suit.

“The #WeWantToPlay movement is incredible,” CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee tweeted. “So great to see players stand up for themselves, take ownership, and show that they want to be out there. Proof that it’s irresponsible to tell people what you think they should think rather than listening to what they actually do think.”

With the big stars leading, many others are following from all over the country.

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