Lou Holtz again compares college football’s COVID risk to Normandy: ‘They knew there were gonna be casualties’

By on August 13, 2020

first_imgCollege football and World War II have more similarities than you’d think. At least, according to Lou Holtz.The former college football coach took to the tube on Tuesday to voice his displeasure with college football conferences and their seeming desire to cancel or postpone the 2020 fall sports calendar. Speaking on Fox News’ “Bill Hemmer Show,” Holtz urged college students to play on, and compared the coronavirus pandemic currently wreaking havoc on the country to soldiers risking their lives during D-Day.MORE: Why the Big Ten canceled its 2020 football seasonLou Holtz tells Fox News that college football needs to play amid coronavirus pandemic this fall: “Let’s move on with our life! When they stormed Normandy, they knew there were going to be casualties — there were going to be risks.”— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 11, 2020Clemson, many months ago, had a rash of COVID-19 positives. They’ve had one in the last month. 1,000-to-one, Bill, the Pac-12 will go along with the Big Ten. They’re tied waist-to-waist, they have been ever since ’46 when they made the Rose Bowl agreement with the Big Ten. So I think it just showed no leadership.I think they should play, but then again, that’s what I said. I think they oughta say to the players, ‘You want to play, If you have a problem, if you have an asthma problem, if you’re a diabetic or something, then you have a legitimate reason you don’t wanna play, absolutely, don’t play. The rest of you wanna play, let’s go play.’ I think that we shut everything down for six months, I’m going crazy about being quarantined. I think other people are tired of it. Let’s move on with our life.When they stormed Normandy, they knew that there were gonna be casualties, there was gonna be risk. Two percent of the people that go to the emergency room go for COVID-19, it’s going down. Young people, Bill, they think it’s like cancer, they think they’re gonna die.There’s a lot to unpack here, but comparing a pandemic (one whose long-term effects we still don’t truly understand yet) to storming the beaches at Normandy in WWII seems … misguided, at best. Also, generally speaking, the coronavirus is avoidable, while walking into the bullet in the front lines during a World War really wasn’t. With long-term effects surrounding the heart and lungs popping up in athletes across the U.S., it seems that playing college football, at least for now, isn’t the best idea. Moving on with life isn’t much of an option either, when most states are actively trying to drop the coronavirus curb to keep it from spreading. Cases were on the rise over the summer, with numbers only dropping in recent weeks.Still, this is not the first time Holtz has drawn the absurd parallel; he spewed similar lines on another Fox News program earlier this year.But Holtz was right about one thing at least: the Pac-12’s decision to postpone the college football season was tied to the Big Ten — the conference effectively postponed their schedule on Tuesday afternoon.last_img read more

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Poch ‘won’t let Spurs loyalty stand in way of Arsenal job’ says Redknapp

By on May 31, 2020

first_imgMauricio Pochettino a shock contender to replace Unai Emery as Arsenal manager MAURICIO POCHETTINO will not allow his loyalty to Tottenham prevent him taking the Arsenal job should it become available.That is the view of former Spurs midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.6 Jamie Redknapp reckons Mauricio Pochettino should put his Spurs loyalty aside if Arsenal come callingCredit: EPAPoch, 47, was brutally axed by Tottenham last Tuesday, bringing to an end his five-and-a-half-years in charge.And just 11 hours later, he was replaced by Jose Mourinho at White Hart Lane.But he may not be out of work for too much longer if Arsenal sack their boss Unai Emery.The Spaniard is without a win in his last six matches and the pressure is mounting with players reportedly feeling disillusioned with the coach’s ability to turn around their season.Should the Gunners give Emery the boot, Pochettino is a shock contender to replace him – although the club know they will do well to convince the Argentine to come, especially after he ruled out managing Barcelona because of his affinity with Espanyol.But any feelings of betrayal against Spurs for taking the job at arch-rivals Arsenal should not come to mind for Pochettino, according to Redknapp.Writing in the Mail, he said: “If I was a decision maker at Arsenal, I’d go for Mauricio Pochettino in a heartbeat.”I’m not sure I believe Poch would let his time with Tottenham stop him from taking over.”Maybe the reason Spurs decided to go for Jose Mourinho so suddenly was they felt they could not hang around, because their North London rivals might be searching for a new boss soon.”Unai Emery is under big, big pressure. I have some sympathy for him but he looks a beaten man.”66Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansThe Redknapp family may not be the most popular on the red side of North London with Jamie playing for Tottenham for three years and his dad Harry managing the side from 2008 to 2012.But comments like these will no doubt infuriate Jamie’s former fanbase, who will be desperate not to see Poch operating in the Emirates dugout, especially if he manages to break his silverware duck.Pochettino is currently among the favourites at 6-1 to replace under-fire Emery with Mikel Arteta the front-runner at 3-1.66 Unai Emery is facing the chop from the Emirates if the poor form and drab performances continueCredit: Reuters6 Former Spurs man Redknapp will have endeared himself to Gunners supporters marginally with his comments about Poch replacing EmeryCredit: AFP – Gettylast_img read more

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