By Marc Lawrence — ESPN reports that of 28 positive coronavirus tests conducted on Clemson student-athletes and staff since their return to campus two weeks ago, 23 belong to football players, a source said last Friday. The initial 169 tests were done upon the return to campus for student-athletes and staff from football and basketball. This week’s round of tests included more athletes as soccer and volleyball players returned to campus, along with secondary testing based on those who showed symptoms and people with whom they’d been in contact. Each member of the program who tested positive was notified by the school and will be isolated for at least 10 days. Anyone in contact with them will be self-quarantined for at least 14 days. And with it the dangers of opening up school campuses and sports continues. Worse, LSU was reported to have reported as many as 30 players were placed in quarantine, but not all players in isolation have tested positive; some are in isolation as they await their test results. Read more.
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott plans to sign an exclusive franchise tag for a reported $31.4 million. By signing his franchise tender, Prescott will be contractually obligated to report to training camp on time, whether or not he and the Cowboys can figure out a long-term deal. Not bad money for a quarterback that is 41-27 in his NFL career, including 6-12 SUATS against .647 or greater opposition (0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS last season). This offseason, the Cowboys have made an offer to Prescott that would put him among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL. Seattle’s Russell Wilson is the highest paid at $35 million per season, followed by Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger at $34. It’s only obvious there is something about Prescott that owner Jerry Jones is not in love with. Meanwhile, Andy Dalton’s warming up on the sideline.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: Certain teams are at their very best or worst during certain months of the season. Our NFL TEAMS BY THE MONTH chart in this year’s Preview Guide magazine reports the New Orleans Saints have won the money 16 straight games during October, while their division rival Atlanta Falcons are on a 1-10 ATS losing skid in October entering this season. You know the saying, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.