Report: Syracuse players refuse to practice

Players at Syracuse have sat out the first two practices of fall camp, citing concerns over COVID-19 safety protocols at opposing athletic programs, according to a report from refused to practice on Thursday, and instead met with Athletic Director John Wildhack and head coach Dino Babers. After refusing to practice again on Friday, Wildhack issued a statement Friday afternoon.The report stated that the players’ concerns centered around how other Atlantic Coast Conference programs, and nonconference opponent Liberty, are handling COVID-19 testing. Syracuse players did not have an issue with how their own athletic program was handling COVID-19 protocols.”Syracuse Athletics is committed to doing everything we can to support and protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, our staff and the campus and Syracuse communities,” Wildhack said in a statement. “That is why, in consultation with the Onondaga County Health Department, medical professionals and public health experts, we developed a comprehensive strategy that allows our student-athletes to safely train to compete in the upcoming season.”One Syracuse player, defensive lineman Cooper Dawson, has already opted out of the 2020 season. Babers, speaking to reporters on Thursday, said there could be more.”There’s some people that are pending, but right now he’s the only one that I’m going to talk about,” Babers said.