Created: August 07, 2020 06:10 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Mountain West Conference athletes are calling for change ahead of the football season.
The group of players, which includes some Lobos, formed Mountain West United.
They have a list of demands that include weekly testing for players and staff, and strict cleaning guidelines for their facilities
They also want to make sure that athletes who opt out of the season due to COVID-19 keep their scholarships, and receive a waiver for an extra year of eligibility.
Players from the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have formed similar groups.
Last week, Danny Gonzales, UNM head football coach, said the school was doing a good job at controlling the spread of COVID-19.
"Our guys here on our campus have done a great job doing what we're asking them to do, and so what they're doing when they're away from here is going to be the big difference and I think that's around the country," Gonzales said. "They're 18 to 22-years-old. So far, I think our group has done a great job."
The Mountain West said it's developing comprehensive testing and reporting procedures.
"As a result, nearly all of the issues which have been raised are already being addressed. Additional clarity will be provided via upcoming decisions of the NCAA Division I board of directors on August 14 and August 21, as well as ongoing efforts by multiple groups within the Mountain West governance structure," a statement from the conference says.
Earlier this week, the conference said teams would play eight conference games and two out of conference games.
Games are scheduled to begin no earlier than Sept. 26.
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