game over. one more time.
Football in Michigan It looks like he’s ending 2020 the way he started – in an awkward position. There was first Marc Dantonio’s abrupt retirement In February. Then Pandemic in March and all summer. Then the top ten started, and they stopped, Then the season will resume. Then the Maryland game on Thursday was canceled for the second time in less than a month.
Now, they ask about a bowl game.
All Mel Tucker She can do is wait for what’s next.
Terps has paused all team activities due to COVID-19 issues and the game will not be scheduled against Spartans a third time.
MSU-Maryland ended up being Deja Vu.
“It has been a whole week,” Tucker said at the opening of his final weekly radio show of the season Thursday evening, saying he had met with his players that afternoon to spread news about the “disappointing” cancellation.
It was the third scheduled game at the Big Ten Champions Week to be eliminated due to COVID issues – the most canceled game at the conference in one week this season. Michigan vs. Iowa Canceled due to persistent issues within Wolverines, Indiana-Purdue canceled or second week in a row due to virus issues in both programs.
The Maryland matches were the only two disrupted this fall due to COVID-19 for Team Spartans (2-5). This is testimony to Spartans’ medical staff and the Protocols as much as it is testimony of coaches and players who have followed their lead after a 14-day hiatus from training in the summer due to positive cases.
Tucker said he told his players, “With all that said, you guys persevere. We’ve made some progress. We’ve put in place the culture, and now you know exactly what to expect.
“I am so proud of them.”
Tucker said on Tuesday he had spoken with Maryland coach Mike Luxley several times since the first match, which had been scheduled for November 21, was canceled. On Sunday they found out that there would be a chance to play again. However, Terrapins left key players – including midfielder Taulia Tagovailoa – for Saturday’s loss to Rutgers.
“We face two opponents every week, the team we met on the field and the Covid virus,” Luxley said in a statement on Thursday. Together, we have seen massive heights and are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to test ourselves in the field against Michigan. ”
A spokesperson for the program said MSU will not be playing another team this weekend, though it is unclear if the Spartans might quarrel after Saturday. If not, they will wait to see if they get an offer for one of their dwindling bowling games. The NCAA has waived winning requirements for pot eligibility this season due to pandemic and cancellation.
Tucker said he would like to play his show in his first year in a pot if possible – “if we were asked to play,” he said Tuesday, “I’d like to play” – but it also remains uncertain whether the university leadership will allow him a team to play
Several schools have announced that they will not accept a pot bid. Possibly business trips – no different from a typical road game; The team travels on Friday, plays the match on Saturday and flies home right after that.
That’s fine with Tucker.
“Shoot, if we can achieve anything, I would love to play, man,” he said. “If we can unofficially go in a mini-game somewhere, I’ll do it. We need to play football.”
But if Spartans finishes playing in 2020, its two-game campaign and the disruption of the pandemic will be fewer wins since Muddy Waters scored 2-9 in 1982. MSU has only won two or fewer games five times in the program’s history, four of which are those who They come between 1896 (when the program began) and 1917. Mark Dantonio (2016), George Perls (1991) and Dave Dougherty (three times) each achieved three seasons.
“I’m really looking forward to this off-season, this off-season, where we can continue to build this team. We’ll keep recruiting,” Tucker said Thursday night. I have a lot of respect for this football team. “
Whether or not Spartans gets a pot, Tucker said on his radio show that players plan to return to the seasons on January 11, with an eight-week winter conditioning program set to begin on January 19. Tucker said he wanted the off-season conditioning programs to be the most stringent, rigorous and taxing in sports history “before moving on to much-delayed early spring practices.
“I expect these guys to be at the best of their lives, hungry and ready to go and compete in the fall camp,” Tucker said. “Then in the fall camp, we will compete. We will discover our best players and who can play the kind of football we need here. …
“We have our work cut for us.” “There is a lot of hard work ahead,” said Tucker. “But we built for it. Hopefully we can start the program out of season today, but we can’t. So I’ll wait until January 19. “
Of course, nothing was dug into the rock during this pandemic, not even a game within two days.