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Thiel: Pac-12 players' demands could be ‘substantial benchmark’ in college athletics history

Colorado tight end Brady Russell (38) and Washington linebacker Joe Tryon (9) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Boulder, Colorado. is among the players included in the #WeAreUnited movement.
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Colorado tight end Brady Russell (38) and Washington linebacker Joe Tryon (9) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Boulder, Colorado. is among the players included in the #WeAreUnited movement.

Several Pac-12 football players who threatened to opt out of the 2020 season are still waiting for their concerns to be addressed. The clock is ticking, as practice is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

The players listed their demands in an article on The Players Tribune website. You can find it here.

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: The Associated Press is now reporting that Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott met with representatives from the college player group. Thursday night's call lasted two hours and 12 players took part. Meanwhile, players in the Mountain West have now joined Pac-12 and Big Ten player groups in asking for assurances about COVID-19 protocols and testing, along eligibility and scholarship retention.

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Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
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