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I'm absolutely loathe to admit SMU doing anything well, but Chris Vannini's recent Athletic article on the Bronco's COVID protocols has caught my attention, particularly this bit:

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“We love our students, but is it worth having the equipment students and other managers around?” Crespino says. “You need your most essential personnel, and outside of that, you have to determine if the risk is worth it.”

That lack of bodies is even more evident when practice begins. SMU’s fall roster includes only about 75-80 players. Most walk-ons were told to wait until spring. Only players who have a chance to play are permitted to practice this fall.

With the smaller active roster, there essentially is no scout team. It’s good-on-good in drills. Players go against the same few players on the other side in drills, to make potential contact tracing easier. In some special-teams drills, coaches like defensive coordinator Kevin Kane and safeties coach Trey Haverty join players in running down the field on the kickoff scout team.

“Our roster was going to have 135 players on it. We brought 80 to camp.” Dykes says. “We just limited our interactions. … Everybody has to work extra hard. Everybody has to pick up the workload and do things that they’re not accustomed to doing. But at the end of the day, it’s going to keep our players safe and to allow us to play football.”

To go about their season with that few personnel is surprising.

Edited by Christopher Walker
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On 9/13/2020 at 4:30 PM, emmitt01 said:

Now that we are on the other side of a COVID forced “off week” I think it’s important to turn our attention to SMU discussions.  

Denton County has a population of over 906 thousand, and there was only one new covid case reported yesterday, and only two the day before.

https://gis-covid19-dentoncounty.hub.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19cases

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