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Raiders coach Jon Gruden, Saints coach Sean Payton shown not wearing masks on sideline – USA TODAY

Published 9:31 p.m. ET Sept. 21, 2020 | Updated 10:00 p.m. ET Sept. 21, 2020


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After multiple coaches were seen not wearing masks over their noses and mouths in Week 1, the NFL sent a memo to teams reminding them of the requirement amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The message apparently didn’t take for at least a few notable figures.

In their “Monday Night Football” matchup at Allegiant Stadium, both Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton were shown not wearing a mask properly while on the sideline. Gruden was shown with the mask on his chin, leaving his face uncovered, while Payton appeared to have one around his neck.

NFL executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent sent a memo last Monday to all 32 teams reminding them that coaches must wear masks to adhere with protocols jointly established between the league and NFL Players Association.

Vincent said that “failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs.”

On Monday, the NFL fined three head coaches — Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks, Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers and Vic Fangio of the Denver Broncos — $100,000 each for not wearing masks during Sunday’s games, a person with knowledge of the league’s decision told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the punishment. 

The three teams were also fined $250,000 each, the person said.

Gruden was one of the coaches shown not wearing a mask in the Raiders’ Week 1 win over the Carolina Panthers.

“I’m sure they’re directing that at me,” Gruden said last week. “I’ve got to do a better job of keeping my mask over my face. It was really hot. You have a headset on and it’s hard to communicate at times with that mask. I just got to do a better job with that mask.”

Payton, who in March became the first known NFL figure to test positive for COVID-19, also had his mask pulled down at times in Week 1 as well.


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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim on NCAA’s new start date: ‘Right now we have zero games’ –

Syracuse, N.Y. ― The 2020-21 schedule for the Syracuse University men’s basketball team was done back in April.

The 20 ACC games plus 11 non-conference games, including a trip to Madison Square Garden to play LSU in the Gotham Classic.

On Wednesday, the NCAA’s Division I Council announced that the start of the 2020-21 season would be moved from Nov. 10 back to Nov. 25 to help schools reduce the risk of COVID-19 among its athletes and staff.

As a result, as of today, Syracuse’s schedule is blank.

“Right now we have zero games,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said Thursday morning. “The schedule was all done. It’s been done since March or April. Now, we have to re-schedule everything and figure out who plays when.”

In addition to moving back the season’s start date, the NCAA Division Council also reduced the number of games that teams can play from 31 to 27 if the team is in a multi-team event such as the Gotham Classic. If a team isn’t playing in such an event, the maximum number of games is 25.

Boeheim said it would have been easier for scheduling purposes and just as manageable in terms of the coronavirus to start the season on Nov. 10.

“All of our practices are with students here and the games aren’t going to be attended, so what’s the difference?” Boeheim said. “The players and students will have been here for three months, so what difference does two weeks make?”

But Boeheim said it’s good to finally have a definitive timeline for the start of the season, as well as practices, which can begin in full on Oct. 10.

“We do have a definite date,” he said, “and now we have to reschedule everything.”

Syracuse was slated to open up the regular season with a home game against Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) on Nov. 10. Other games against Wisconsin-Green Bay (Dec. 8), Jacksonville State (Dec. 10) and Mercer (Dec. 13) had also been announced. Those games were all part of the Gotham Classic.

Boeheim said those games are unlikely to be on the Orange’s schedule when it is put back together.

“The dates would have to be changed,” he said. “And we might not be able to play some of these teams because they’re flying here from a state that’s on quarantine.

“I think it’s unlikely we can play in (the Gotham Classic) as it stands right now.”

Boeheim said because of New York state’s strict rules regarding travel to or from other states with high coronavirus rates, Syracuse has to be circumspect in which schools it tries to get on its schedule.

“There’s a very strong possibility that you might have to play schools that are close and New York state schools that can bus here and aren’t on quarantine,” Boeheim said.

And there’s the issue of testing. Boeheim said the school will demand that all of SU’s opponents will have the same level of testing as the Orange.

“Somebody in December might not be testing enough,” Boeheim said. “Everybody is going to have to commit to testing three times a week, which is expensive right now. It might be more reasonable by November or December, but we have to plan for now.”

Last year, the ACC expanded its regular season schedule to 20 conference games. Boeheim said the plan is to stay at 20 games this season. He said he hasn’t considered playing conference games only.

As with last season, Syracuse will likely play “at least a couple” ACC games before Christmas this year, according to Boeheim.

The ultimate goal for the NCAA is to get through the regular season and get to March. After the cancellation of last year’s NCAA tournament, it is financially imperative that college basketball get back to the Big Dance at the end of this season.

Boeheim said he was confident that it will be done.

“100 percent,” he said. “Every golf tournament, every tennis tournament, every NBA game, everything is being played.

“People have to be careful; if they’re not that’ll be a problem. There’s going to be some interruptions. It’s a long ways away, but there will be some type of arrangement made to play the tournament.”


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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says Ronald Jones still starter despite Leonard Fournette signing – ESPN

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just signed former fourth overall draft pick Leonard Fournette, who was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, but coach Bruce Arians said Ronald Jones is the team’s starting running back and indicated that veteran LeSean McCoy will still occupy a spot on the roster.

“When you can get a player of that caliber — I got great reviews from people that know him and who have coached him — he’ll fit right in, and we’ll see what role happens and how fast it can happen,” Arians said Thursday of Fournette. “But RoJo’s our guy, Shady [McCoy] is ready for his role, so it’s just gonna be building roles as we go along and having enough quality players to finish this thing.”

When asked about how signing Fournette and McCoy could be seen as an indictment on Jones — particularly because Jones’ hands are still a work in progress — Arians said, “It’s his job. Nothing’s changed for him. We’ve just added a heck of a piece of insurance and [we’ll] see what kind of role he can cut out. But RoJo — it’s his job if he wins it or loses it. He’s already got it, so he’s gonna have to screw it up. I don’t see that happening.”

Arians said Fournette’s role is to be determined, but because of the position’s high propensity for injuries, the coach thought the team could make a move and carve out a role for Fournette later.

The Bucs will rely on their ground game to create play-action opportunities for quarterback Tom Brady. They’ll also use running backs heavily in the passing game — something Brady has done throughout his career — and they view Fournette as a well-rounded player who can contribute on all three downs. (Jones mostly saw action on first and second down last year, although Arians believes he has become more of a three-down back.)

With Fournette required to undergo a physical and pass three consecutive days of COVID-19 testing, and the team having both Sunday and Monday off, the earliest Fournette would be able to practice would be Tuesday. Arians anticipates that Fournette will meet with members of the coaching staff and teammates once he passes COVID-19 testing and possibly play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.

“I think right away,” Arians said. “He’s a very bright player, and everything I’ve heard from the guys coaching him [is] he’ll pick it up really quick. We’re not gonna force him — we don’t have to force him — so we’ll just let him get it at his pace. If I know him, he’ll be pretty fast-paced. So we’ll try to get him up to speed as fast as we can and see if he can have a role for next week.”

In three NFL seasons, Fournette was suspended once, deactivated for a game and saw a guarantee in his contract voided for fighting. When asked about character concerns, Arians said he had none.

“Not afraid to give second chances, Arians said, “The people I trust gave him high, high marks in everything I care about. I can’t say what’s going on in Jacksonville, but all’s I can say is, [with] what’s happening in Tampa, he’ll fit right in.”

Bucs inside linebacker Devin White played with Fournette at LSU and credited him for getting him ready as a pro. The two also squared off when the Bucs faced the Jaguars in Week 13 last year.

“He different. He can play in any system. He catch the ball, he can run the ball, he can get in between the tackles, he can play in space — we just getting a heck of a football player,” White said. “He a workload. I remember when we was game-planning – it was all about him. They got great players — D.J. Chark, a receiver who played for LSU plays for those guys — but our whole game plan [was] if we stop this guy, we win the football game, we’ve gotta get him to do different stuff, get him uncomfortable, we’ve gotta rally to the ball.”

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NFL head coach Ron Rivera diagnosed with squamous cell cancer – CNN

(CNN)Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, the team confirmed in a statement on Thursday night.

Prior to the statement, Rivera’s cancer diagnosis was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The team says the cancer is in a lymph node and was detected from a self-care check. The team also says that the cancer is in an early stage and is considered “very treatable and curable, providing a good prognosis for Coach Rivera for a full recovery.”
“For now, Coach has asked that the team keep things business as usual and remain focused, but a ‘Plan B’ is in place if it is determined that he should take some time off,” the team statement says.
The team also posted on Twitter on Thursday night, “We love you, @RiverboatRonHC. We’re all with you, Stephanie, Christopher, and Courtney.”
Jason Wright, recently named president of the team, tweeted, “Adding my prayers for health to the innate strength and deep resilience in @RiverboatRonHC’s body, mind, and Spirit.”
Rivera and his family thanked everyone for the outpouring of “love and support.”

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NBA coach Popovich issues emotional statement on death of George Floyd – Reuters

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich issues emotional statement about the death of George Floyd, saying the “country is in trouble”


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