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Morning Report: 5.28.20

Awful news from Alabama, where new UAB freshman basketball player Jamari Smith drowned while swimming with friends.

Dennis Dodd of discuses the chances of Power Five breaking away from the FBS

“If there’s no NCAA Tournament next year,” Tatos said. “… I think then there has to be a breakaway from this model.”

To put it more plainly, a separation of the Power Five conferences from the NCAA has long been possible. Those 65 schools, including independent Notre Dame, already exist as separate entities — financially, competitively and even corporately. But with the coronavirus ratcheting up the stakes, a tipping point may be at hand. 

Sports economist Andy Schwarz weighed in on it on twitter:

Also via twitter, FAU’s Brian White, Vice President and Director of Athletics tweeted the following statement:

ODU announced a home-and-home series with ECU.

Reducing spending has become more of a priority for college athletics since the coronavirus pandemic began and this series allows both schools to trim travel costs significantly.

Much like UTSA’s series with Texas State, and North Texas’ series with SMU, it is evidence that teams can schedule regionally-interesting series outside of the conference. Smaller conferences may not be terrible.

Laura Garcia, writing for the San Antonio Express-News highlights a UTSA professor’s vaccine test against COVID-19.

Researchers believe a vaccine originally developed in San Antonio to combat tularemia, the rare and deadly “rabbit fever,” could also work against the coronavirus.

Of course, some of the biggest news was around the fallout from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Mr. Floyd, 46, died on Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white police officer who pressed his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for several minutes. A video of the arrest, in which he is heard pleading “I can’t breathe,” spread widely online, and was followed by protests in Minneapolis and around the country.

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