By Leo Haggerty


There was a lot of excitement surrounding the USF contest with FAU in Boca Raton because of the coaching matchup.  New South Florida HC Jeff Scott was going against two former Bulls head honchos.  Former Green & Gold HC Willie Taggart is now calling the shots for the Owls and the original University of South Florida HC, Jim Leavitt, is the Defensive Coordinator.  Would be like alumni weekend, right?

Well, that contest is going to have to be put on the backburner for now.  Notre Dame took care of that.

How is that possible, you ask? Let me educate you on what has transpired since USF was shellacked 52-0 at South Bend 19th.

On the Monday following the USF game, Notre Dame announced that four players tested positive and six others were placed in quarantine because of contact tracing.

This forced South Florida to go to prevention mode immediately.  After being informed by Notre Dame of their outbreak, the Bulls cancelled all activities immediately to start emergency testing for the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, as a precaution, the tilt between the Bulls and the Owls was postponed.  As of now, there has been no reschedule date.

That also forced the Irish to reschedule their contest at at Wake Forest.  The new date is December 12.

Now, the Irish are reporting that more of their players, 18 as of today, came back positive for Covid-19 in the latest round testing between Tuesday and Saturday.  That brings the total to 25 players in isolation and 14 others in quarantine.

The question that begs to be asked is did Notre Dame know there were players that tested positive before the game and still let them play?  Sadly, that query will never be answered.

Again, it’s time for the NCAA to step to plate and mandate game-day testing with the results available before kickoff.  That’s the only way to guarantee the safety of both programs involved.

Don’t hold your breath on that coming to fruition.  The probability of that happening is slim and none.  As usual, expect the NCAA to remain silent on any issue that could negatively effect the Golden Goose which is television revenue.

With all that has occurred since March, here’s my question.  After seeing the ineptitude of the NCAA in showing any assemblance of leadership ability, is it time for the member institution to break away and form a more viable governing body?

If not a total dissolution, how about some major revision?  That may be a topic that the member institutions take up whenever the pandemic passes.  Let’s hope so.