With the college football season on the verge of cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players voice their opinions over social media. Some Kansas State players showed their support for continuing the season by using the #WeWantToPlay hashtag.
College athletes created the hashtag over the weekend to share their feelings about the possible cancelation of the upcoming season. By Monday morning, players, coaches and athletic directors across the country began to use the hashtag.
K-State football senior running back Harry Trotter, junior wide receiver Landry Weber, senior tight end Briley Moore and junior kicker Ty Zentner shared the hashtag Sunday.
On Sunday night, big names in college football such as Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields also shared the hashtag and their thoughts. Included with Lawrence’s tweet was a graphic that merged the #WeWantToPlay movement with the #WeAreUnited movement.
The graphic featured statements from college football players about their desire to play this fall and the need for health and safety protocols among all conferences. The graphic also featured a proposal to create a college football players association to ensure open communication between players and officials.
Pac-12 Conference players created the #WeAreUnited hashtag with a goal of protecting players and their decisions.
Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman and Razorback athletic director Hunter Yuracheck both showed support for the movement by sharing #WeWantToPlay on Twitter as well.
K-State head coach Chris Klieman has not released a statement, but has retweeted both Harry Trotter and Briley Moore’s tweets with the hashtag #WeWantToPlay.
Things are not looking bright for a fall season, however. Sources reported on Monday morning that the Big Ten Conference and Pac-12 are both planning to cancel their seasons by tomorrow.
The Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference are also considering canceling the season. The Southeastern Conference still plan to play and are attempting to have other teams join their conference. The Mid-American Conference postponed their football season.
Conferences that have already canceled have made it clear that they would like to play fall sports in the spring, but until the COVID-19 pandemic begins to slow, that is yet to be determined.