Husky head football coach Jimmy Lake met with the media Friday morning three days after the Pac-12 voted to postpone all sports competitions through the end of the 2020 calendar year.
The fatal blow to the Huskies playing college football in the fall was made eleven days after the Pac-12 had announced a conference only schedule. To say the players have gone through a roller-coaster of emotions would no doubt an understatement. The Covid-19 Pandemic has altered the lives of people worldwide. Collegiate and professional sports are trying to assimilate with an ever-changing dynamic.
Players were told of the decision to shut down fall sports after a recent practice. Once again showing the volatility of the situation . While the players were disappointed Lake said he had no doubt it was the right decision.
“Our medical team did a great job of explaining to the team why the decision was made,” Lake said. “The No. 1 thing is the health and safety of our players and our staff. And right now, there are way too many questions than answers. I don’t want our team to be guinea pigs, or our staff to be guinea pigs. If things are not going to be safe, we need to err on the side of caution. I know that is what our medical advisory group did for the Pac-12, and that’s what happened with the Big Ten.
While he did not go into great detail Lake mentioned the coaches were in the process of putting in some new wrinkles on defense to take advantage of cornerback Elijah Molden and DE Levi Onwuzurike’s talents. Both were named to Athlon Sports preseason All-America first team in July.
As for the offense Lake was straight-up deceptive because of the lack of work in which to grade the player’s performances. “ We are putting in a new offense, we have been playing in pajama pants with no helmets, that’s not football, “ Lake said.
The team will transition into voluntary, small-group, strength, and condition workouts until Aug.28, then take a three-week break before the fall classes begin. Lake floated out the idea of an eight-game spring season that would be followed by a delayed 12-game fall season beginning in October and ending Feb 2020.
Lake announced the two roster moves. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Sama Paama has decided to retire from football for personal reasons. “It was great getting to know him and we respect his decision and we wish him and his family nothing but the best,” Lake said. Long snapper Luke Lan earned his degree in medicine and is working in the field.