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College Football Playoff Committee Announces New COVID-19 Policies for Peach Bowl

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With Texas A&M officially exiting the Gator Bowl due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, and Rutgers reportedly the frontrunner to replace the Aggies’ bowl appearance against Wake Forest, the surge in COVID cases across the country is drawing some uncertainty on Bowl season.

While the Gator Bowl isn’t a New Year’s Six bowl, it’s one of the larger draws of the Bowl season, and Texas A&M-Wake Forest was a strong SEC-ACC tie. So, the CFP Management Committee recommended some changes to help protect the NY6 Bowls this season, and they’ve been implemented.

The College Football Playoff is the main point of concern, but the Peach and Fiesta Bowl have also received some new policies in order to protect student-athlete health and safety.

In the event that either Pitt and Michigan State cannot field a team due to COVID, the CFP, Peach Bowl and ESPN will have a week to find a time to reschedule the game. If the game cannot be scheduled within a week, the game will be considered a no contest.

Additionally, both Pitt and Wake Forest will have the option to travel to Atlanta no later than two days before the Peach Bowl, instead of the usual five days. All Peach Bowl-related activities and events are optional for student-athletes, coaching staff, bands and spirit squads.

Any media interaction will be virtual, sideline access before, during and after the Peach Bowl will be restricted to essential personnel only (no friends and family, Peach Bowl “special guests” or sponsors) and Pitt and Michigan State will return to regular season testing procedures.

Both athletic directors and chief medical officers must certify that every person who will have access to the field on game day from their respective schools has tested negative for COVID within 72 hours of kickoff or has been fully vaccinated.

Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and president Gary Stokan joined Yahoo Finance to discuss some of the challenges the Peach Bowl has faced due to the surge of COVID-19.

“(Pitt players will) spend a few days, and then Christmas afternoon, we will all meet,” Pat Narduzzi said Wednesday. “I think we have 49 players leaving from here on a plane. Everybody else, if they’re from Atlanta or Florida or Utah or Kansas City, will fly in on Christmas afternoon and we’ll meet in Atlanta and continue Bowl preparation down.”

Pitt is allowing players to head home for the holiday, but Narduzzi and the Pitt staff have stressed the importance of safety to the team — to both the group staying in the Pittsburgh area and the group heading home for the holiday. Narduzzi pointed to Alabama’s breakout ahead of the CFP, with players allowed to head home before the holidays, as the impact that spreading out even for a period can have.

“Yeah, I mean, you certainly worry about it,” Narduzzi said. “We’ve tried to educate them about wearing their masks and taking care of themselves and going home to see their families — not going home to see your buddies. Don’t be running around seeing your old high school buddies, you don’t know where they’ve been.”

With Pitt planning on meeting in Atlanta on Dec. 25, Narduzzi said Pitt will trust the team to make smart decisions.

“So, we gotta trust our guys to go home, be smart and come to Atlanta as safe as possible,” Narduzzi said.

The Peach Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 30 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Derrick Pilsner
Derrick Pilsner
1 month ago

The silliness never ends. The positive cases are up because the PCR tests pick up everything from a common cold to the flu and they call it COVID. I feel really bad for the coaches and players being subjugated like this continually.

Send it in !
Send it in !
1 month ago

Exactly, & the inventor of the PCR himself, that being Dr Kary Mullis, said the very test he invented was not suitable to diagnose anything. And you can find video of him saying just that.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Send it in !

Tell us more Dr. Dietrich, um, sorry, I mean Dr. Pilsner.

Sturg
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Well, the UK has done away with the PCR test.
The NIH website even says it is not effective.
Only the naive believe everything their government tells them

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Sturg

Send it In Sturg! What does Krackerjack think? How about Katman? Seriously dude, you should seek help.

Marvo P. Dentonhouse
Marvo P. Dentonhouse
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Marky, I know you are an expert on everything, but here you have outdone yourself. The research is there. The PCR tests are flawed and why the CDC has requested them stop being used. Also,as a player that has been double vaccinated you do NOT need a swab rammed up your nose on a daily basis when you are asymtomatic. Use common sense here and she this is an intrusive sham.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago

“she this…” Wow! Thanks Sturg. We already knew you were crazy, now we see that you’re also exceptionally stupid. Congrats!

Doctor Pilsner
Doctor Pilsner
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

The original post was about the Pitt players being subjugated to repeated tests when they have been all been double vaccinated and are showing no symptoms. You have made no valid argument as to why you agree with the actions of the Peach bowl reps and college football in general.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Doctor Pilsner

I guess you just don’t know what a valid argument is Sturg. I’ve made it clear multiple times that you’re a demented, old clown & you have no idea what you’re talking about. Can’t get more valid than that.

Send it in !
Send it in !
1 month ago

This omicron is a very weak strain, yea lots of people might catch it. Like a cold or the flu. Do people know that the Flu killed tens of thousands of people every winter.
Except of course the winters of 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Wonder why ?

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Send it in !

Because you’re mentally ill?

Sturg
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Actually he is posting facts, something the rubes for the Godless globalist progressive Marxist democrats can’t seemnto grasp.
I would wager the mentally challenged one, and probably ill as well, is you.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Sturg

He (You) wouldn’t know a fact if it bit him (you) on his (your) 70 year old dupa.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Did Fauci give you permission to reply on here?

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

Sturg? Why did you change your name? Oh that’s right, you’re mentally ill. What happened to Dr. Pilsner?

Marvo P. Dentonhouse
Marvo P. Dentonhouse
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

You are a child with no valid argument.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago

You are a demented clown with no life.

Doctor Pilsner
Doctor Pilsner
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

He asked a good question. That is your best answer?

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Doctor Pilsner

No, Marvo made a statement. Marvo did not ask a question. You would think that a doctor would be able to tell the difference.

Doctor Pilsner
Doctor Pilsner
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

I am not the kind of doctor you think I am. Btw, I read a few other of your posts regarding the Pitt basketball team. Turns out that the one poster said Colgate would be favored against Pitt (they were) and that Monmouth would beat them. (they did). You told that person how dumb they were. It is proven again you have zero knowledge about either program, You are just a keyboard tough guy that spews insults. I will ask again. What valid argument do you have that supports the need of intrusive daily testing of healthy athletes that are… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Doctor Pilsner
Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Doctor Pilsner

So what kind of doctor are you Sturg? Not sure what you’re talking about regarding Colgate & Monmouth. I never posted about them so you’re either confused (safe bet) or you’re just crazy (also a safe bet). Here’s a thought, instead of spending your day reading old posts, why don’t you get a job & contribute something to society. Taco Bell is hiring.

Derrick Pilsner
Derrick Pilsner
30 days ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

You have a selective memory old chap. Go back and read some old posts you will see what a moron you are. You know Taco Bell is hiring because that is what your diet is based on. No wonder you piss in your socks you can not see the toilet because your gut size blots it out.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
30 days ago

Piss in your socks, can’t see the toilet, just more unoriginal blather that got you kicked off Triblive. Gee Sturg, if I’m such a mess why are you so anxious to meet me? I told you once that I don’t swing the way you do princess. Kinda funny seeing a 70 year old fossil calling someone old chap. I’m sure your doctor advises against Taco Bell for you because of your irritable bowels. And those adult diapers can be pricey for an unemployed bum.

Sturg
1 month ago

The rules are archaic
Those who have taken the experimental mRNA shots can still get the man made, US taxpayer funded, Wuhan Virus. They can also tramsmit it to others.
The shots are worthless for healthy people under 55 or 60.
But they don’t have to test those that have taken the shots?
Lacks basic science

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Sturg

Whoa, slow down there Krackers! That’s a whole lotta crazy to fit into one post. You better get back to work Mike, those MyPillows aren’t going sell themselves.

Marvo P. Dentonhouse
Marvo P. Dentonhouse
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Dude, did you get the Pfizer MRNA poison cocktail? If so you will be dead soon anyway. See if you can follow this forum in hell. 🙂

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago

Sturg, it wouldn’t matter if you got the vaccine. You’re a senile fossil with no friends. You’re a pimple on the rear end of life & you are about to pop.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Sturg

Sturg, does this idiot accuse everyone of being you?

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

Not everyone. Just Jessie Puggle, Katman, Big Rooster, Terrence, Narloser, Justin Dietrich, Krackerjack Kid, TMG, Sambo, Jim_99, Paulp & a few others. Oh, and don’t forget that moron that calls himself Me not you.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Ahahahahaha. Now call everyone else crazy.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

Ok Sturg, you’re a crazy old man who lives a sad & lonely life.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. My god how historians hundreds of years from now will laugh at the ignorant narcissistic saviors and their pathetic sheep. I can’t believe we aren’t burning witches still.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

It’s God, not god. Unless you’re a Godless heathen Sturg which would explain a lot.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Ssssshhhhhhh I am a godless heathen. Go back to insulting everyone you mindless little nutjob. Oh and keep calling ’em crazy. Lol

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

Sometimes the truth hurts Sturg. It’s not my fault that you’re mentally ill. Blame your parents. Oops forgot, you’re really old so I guess it’s too late for that.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Lol. So dumb you don’t know what just happened. Ahahahahaha.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

What happened Sturg? Did Smoke & Mirrors Joe Bunda fall asleep on the toilet again?

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

You did exactly as you were told. Something you seem to be familiar with. Lol.
Put on an extra mask and brag on social media that you are spending christmas alone to save us. Your sacrifice is noted my hero. You changed the world by being a dick to total strangers on here. If only people understood the noble existence that is Mark Recker. My hero.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

But you’re not a stranger Sturg. I feel like I know you & all of your bitter, angry, multiple personalities so well. Merry Christmas & good luck with the osteoporosis.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Give me a minus for this post too. That’ll teach me. Lol

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

You got it. Your Christmas wish has been granted snowflake. No need to thank me Sturg, I make dreams come true.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Good boy

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

Now take your crazy pills & go to bed. Santa will bring you a nice, new straightjacket in the morning.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

You did as you were told. Remember that.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

Same thing you said to the staff at Western Psych when you dared them to put you in a padded room. How’s that Christmas straightjacket working out for you Pap?

John Gula
John Gula
1 month ago

If every player got the vaccination it still wouldn’t be enough. I would just mow through if you get it you get it. How many players constantly play having the common cold? I know comparing the common cold to colvin is like comparing apples to oranges but when is all this covid variant crap going to stop.? COVID-19 has completely changed the landscape American culture. There were far worse viruses out there that didn’t even put a dent in our way of life and those viruses were much worse than COVID-19. .. I originally felt that this was all unleashed… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by John Gula
Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  John Gula

Yikes, another one.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

We are everywhere ahahaha. Now give me a minus. Do it.

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

Already did Neil. Marion is Pitt’s beat recruiter???? Somebody better tell Partridge. Your high level of stupid is the one constant in all of your fake accounts.

Me not you
Me not you
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Recker

Good boy

Mark Recker
Mark Recker
1 month ago
Reply to  Me not you

You’re too stupid to realize that you were called stupid. Or maybe you’re just used to it.

Duquesne WBB

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