COVID Gave Texas A&M a Reason to Skip a Bowl the Aggies Didn’t Want to Play

COVID Gave Texas A&M a Reason to Skip a Bowl the Aggies Didn’t Want to Play

Jimbo Fischer reacts against the North Carolina Tar Heels.Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher would have been nuts to allow his Aggies to play the Gator Bowl. In the end, it wasn’t a complicated decision. This wasn’t just about a surge of COVID infections, although that surely played a role. Because A&M’s announcement came ten days before the game, other factors must have been in play.Rather, the abrupt end to Texas A&M’s season offers a front-row seat to college football’s shifting balance of power. College athletes—powerless and exploited for about a century—are flexing their muscle in ways that for decades were either explicitly forbidden to them, constrained by norms within the world of NCAA sports, or both. For some teams, headlines about COVID case rates have overshadowed the structural issues also contributing…View Original Post

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