UW and WSU agree to pay for spring seniors to return

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The University of Washington softball team was 23-and-2 and ranked second in the nation when COVID-19 cancelled their season this spring. Four seniors were facing a future full of uncertainty as to whether they’d played their last game.

The NCAA voted in March that Division One schools could allow for an extra year of eligibility for all spring-sport athletes. But it would be up to the colleges to determine how to pay for it.

The University of Washington and Washington State University have agreed to foot the bill to offer scholarships and financial aid to spring seniors who want to come back.

According to UW Athletic Director Jen Cohen, 30 Husky athletes are expected to come back at a cost of a million dollars. WSU AD Paul Chun said 17 Cougars will opt to return at a cost of about 300-thousand to the university.

Both athletic directors agreed it was the right thing to do. Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez told his seniors to move on with their lives. The Badgers are not allowing its seniors a chance to return.

It’s possible that a new term has been added to “redshirt freshman”, or “5th-year senior.” It will be the “COVID caveat.”

Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs says COVID-life isn’t much different than normal for he and his family

Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs is patiently waiting out the pandemic to begin his first full-year with Seattle. The 6th year pro was traded to the Seahawks mid-season in 2019 from Detroit. He says he has no idea how long this will last, but when it’s time to play, he’ll be ready…

Quandre Diggs on COVID 2020-05-22

Quandre Diggs on COVID 2020-05-22

The NFL has yet to set a timeline for teams on when workouts and practices can begin. As far as Diggs is concerned, he’d rather skip the preseason and get right to the regular season games…

Quandre Diggs on Preseason 2020-05-22

Quandre Diggs on Preseason 2020-05-22

The Seahawks are scheduled for training camp to begin in July and the first preseason game is the second week of August. All that’s on hold until COVID numbers improve. In the meantime, Diggs says he’s loving being at home with his family…

Quandre Diggs on Being a Dad 2020-05-22

Quandre Diggs on Being a Dad 2020-05-22

You can see the whole remote press conference with Diggs below…

Quandre Diggs 2020 Offseason Press Conference

Quandre Diggs 2020 Offseason Press Conference

NBA continues to work to return

The NBA continues to make progress on planning for a return to play…

NBA Return

Quotes coming out from players and front-office personnel seem to be leaning in the direction that there will definitely be basketball soon. We’re currently in the time frame offered by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver of a plan being put together.

The most-likely scenario will have all 30-teams take up residence at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The huge campus has plenty of accommodations for players and team personnel. There are also multiple courts on which to play.

By the sounds of it, teams could begin training camps in the next few weeks. Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry, speaking Thursday on CNBC, said the NBA’s board of governors will meet again next week and that he believes “within the next six to eight weeks we should be playing.”

Baseball players respond to management outline to return

The baseball players’ association gave management a wide-ranging response Thursday to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic…

MLB Responds

The union said Thursday it addressed: protections for high-risk players, access to pre- and postgame therapies, testing frequency, protocols for positive tests, in-stadium medical personnel and sanitation procedures.
Players viewed many of the concepts in the original draft as over-the-top, such as arriving in uniform at the ballparks, a prohibition on them leaving without team permission and a ban on guests other than immediate family members.

MLB is expected to make an economic proposal to the union within a few days. The hope is to start the season by early July.

AppleSox baseball kicks off weekend of sports on NCWLIFE

Here’s a reminder of what’s coming up this weekend on the sports schedule here on the NCWLIFE Channel…

NCWLIFE Sports Schedule

It begins tonight with AppleSox baseball from a game last August against the Yakima Valley Pippins. Tune in for all the action at 6:30 tonight.

We’ll have wrestling and football on the docket tomorrow as Eastmont hosts West Valley. Eric Granstrom will have the call of grapplers on the mat from January of 2017 tomorrow at 2 o’clock. Then Eric joins Grant Olson for Big-9 football between the ‘Cats and Rams tomorrow night at 6:30.

Sunday is a double-dip of Wenatchee Wild hockey against the Merritt Centennials. The first game from November 1st is at 2 o’clock. The 7 o’clock game is from the following day at the Town Toyota Center last fall.