Quarterback Jake Bentley runs a drill as the University of Utah football team opens spring camp in Salt Lake City on Monday, March 2, 2020. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Hours before the Big Ten officially announced Wednesday morning it would begin its college football season in October, players from around the Pac-12 expressed their desire to play this fall.
That included Utah quarterback Jake Bentley.
The graduate transfer from South Carolina responded to a letter shared on social media from USC players addressed to California Gov. Gavin Newsom asking for clearance to resume football activities.
This expresses how all of feel as Pac-12 athletes. We want to play and we know it starts from the top. Please come together to implement new standards that allow everyone to play the game that we love.@GavinNewsom @GovHerbert @dougducey @jaredpolis @KateBrownForOR @JayInslee https://t.co/7L8SRnz3Gt
— Jake Bentley (@JakeBentley19) September 16, 2020
“This expresses how all of feel as Pac-12 athletes. We want to play and we know it starts from the top. Please come together to implement new standards that allow everyone to play the game that we love,” Bentley wrote on Twitter, while tagging governors from each state that contains a Pac-12 institution, including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.
“I realize some states may be more strict than others at this time, but we must all create ways to get us back on the field doing what we love. #WeWantToPlay,” Bentley continued.
With the Big Ten set to start its 2020 season the weekend of Oct. 23-24, the Pac-12 is the lone Power Five conference not playing football this fall. The Pac-12 announced Aug. 12 that it would postpone all league play until the end of the 2020 calendar year, due to health concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The letter from USC players indicated the student-athletes’ desire to resume activities, after watching other colleges begin their football seasons in recent weeks and seeing the NFL kick off its season. The players praised the efforts of local officials, including Newsom, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and for their support in the Pac-12’s player-led #WeAreUnited movement advocating for student-athlete rights.
The letter also pointed to the Pac-12’s recent partnership with the Quidel Corporation, diagnostics company with rapid COVID-19 testing that can produce results in 15 minutes, as a reason for optimism.
“Governor Newsom, our request of you is that you will work with us — urgently and purposefully — to find a path forward for us to resume competition later this fall so that we can have the same opportunity as other teams around the country to play for a national championship,” the letter read in part.
Dear @GavinNewsom ,
Please let us play. We want a chance
Thank you #LetUsPlay pic.twitter.com/GV71WxCxfH
— Amon-Ra (@amonra_stbrown) September 15, 2020
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