Pac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concerns

UNDATED (AP) _ A group of Pac-12 football players say they will not practice or play until their concerns about participating during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed.

The players posted a statement Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website and social media with the hashtag (hash)WeAreUnited and sent out a press release.

The release listed the names of 12 Pac-12 players from nine schools, including Oregon star safety Jevon Holland, and provided a statement from each one.

It says hundreds of players throughout the Pac-12 are concerned about the risks of COVID-19 and that the conference and NCAA lack transparency, uniformity and adequate enforcement infrastructure.

The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule that pushes the start of the season back three weeks to Sept. 26 and includes only 10 conference games.