The Pac-12 has seen a recent rise in commitments for the football programs and their classes of 2021. While it’s a race against USC and Oregon at this point, UCLA and Washington are making great strides while other programs are falling off.
This, of course, comes in light of the fact that the Pac-12 has allowed voluntary athletic activities to return to campus, albeit strict guidelines following the coronavirus pandemic. California even allowed student-athletes to return and seemingly three of the four have had no issue with their plans to reopen.
UCLA, on the other hand, has had a mutiny on their hands. Including starting QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, 30 different Bruins football players have stood behind a letter demanding protection from third-party officials upon their return to campus. They cited mismanagement of injuries in the past as to one of the main reasons and want whistleblower protection for any student-athlete or trainer who witnesses violations of the guidelines put in place by the Pac-12.
They penned a letter that was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times and later by ESPN and it all remains to be seen how they go about returning to campus, whether or not they do at all. UCLA scheduled Monday, June 22 as their date to start Phase One of the opening of campus for student-athletes.
With that, here’s the rest of the news from around the SB Nation family of sites in the Pac-12:
Addicted to Quack — Oregon Ducks
Arizona Desert Swarm — Arizona Wildcats
Block U — Utah Utes
Bruins Nation — UCLA Bruins
Building the Dame — Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State Football: A midsummer’s opponent preview - Arizona State
Oregon State Football: 2021 RB Damir Collins commits to Beavers
Oregon State’s Ken Simonton & Mike Hass on College Football Hall of Fame ballot