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Penn State will bring some students back June 8, including 75 football players

Penn State will begin welcoming some students back to campus June 8, and 75 football players are on the list.

The news was announced Thursday night, as the university said that it will also begin welcoming back other students who need “access to specialized facilities, in-person mentoring or early arrival for successful transition to the fall semester.”

All classes have been held in a virtual setting since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and the state’s Department of Education said this week that Friday, June 5 is the first day colleges can hold in-person classes again.

It was not immediately clear which players would get to report first, but it’s likely that the members of the Class of 2020 who did not report in January could be on the early list, as the school and football program would benefit by getting them acclimated to campus life as quickly as possible.

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WATCH: Tom Herman, Texas players march through Austin

Following the death of George Floyd and the protests in each state around the country, the Texas football team wanted to get involved in the fight for racial justice as well. On Thursday, the players and head coach Tom Herman made that happen.

On Thursday afternoon, the football team gathered on campus as they got ready for its protest. The team then began its march through the city of Austin in order to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Longhorns can be seen walking the sidewalks in Austin with Herman and his wife in the middle of the pack.

— Jake García (@Jake_M_Garcia) June 4, 2020

After Floyd died, Herman told FS1’s The Herd that the team had a meeting on Monday morning to discuss the events around the country. According to the coach, it was a very emotional talk.

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Cowboys officially place Travis Frederick on retired list, freeing cap space

Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Travis Frederick (72) during a game at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Vikings 17-15. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys placed former center Travis Frederick on the official reserve/retired list.

Frederick’s surprising retirement came on March 23, days after the former All-Pro turned just 29 years old. Frederick was originally set to cost $11.975 million against the Cowboys salary cap this season, but by delaying the formal retirement, Dallas is able to split Frederick’s remaining signing bonus allocatgion over the next two seasons.

This frees up $7 million for the Cowboys, the amount of his 2020 base salary. Now, as predicted by Cowboys Wire when the retirement was announced, Frederick will cost the Cowboys $4.975 million in the upcoming season, and $6.06 million the year after.

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Kyle Shanahan Urges People to ‘Open Your Eyes’ Amid Fight for Racial Equality

While teams are continuing their offseason programs virtually, head coach Kyle Shanahan has made it a point to address the social issues head on with 49ers players and coaching staff. Players have acknowledged the head coach joining in on several positional meetings to check in and keep things “light” with his team. But as of late, the lively exchanges have sobered and the need for honest and sincere conversations have persisted in the midst of the nation’s current events.

Following the response to the murder of George Floyd, Shanahan has led several meetings with players to remove one another of their respective positions and titles to allow open discussions to help aid the uncomfortable conversations at hand. On Thursday, Shanahan spoke passionately and openly with the media on why the discussion are necessary to have among the 49ers locker room and in the community to begin moving forward.

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49ers Franchise Five: Joe Montana, Jerry Rice headline San Francisco’s list of legends

NFC West Franchise Five: 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are one of football’s blue-chip franchises. Since joining the NFL in 1950, they’ve set the standard on how to win at a rather serious clip. They currently rank inside the top 10 (No. 8) on the all-time winning percentage list and have five Super Bowl titles to their name, which is tied for second-most all-time.

Now it’s time to give credit to the people who had a big impact on creating that success. The entire CBS Sports staff is selecting the five faces most synonymous with every single franchise as part of our “Franchise Five” series. Here are the rules: We are to select one head coach, one quarterback, and three non-quarterbacks to highlight as the very best of the best for the Niners. Under those parameters, you probably have come to the realization that there will be some significant snubs off this list, but those are the parameters we’re working with.

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Saints QB Drew Brees Posts New Video To Show ‘How Sorry I Am’

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JANUARY 14: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints sits on the bench during the NFC divisional round playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It’s been a rough 24 hours for Saints’ veteran quarterback Drew Brees. The 41-year-old is now trying to make things right – his latest attempt comes in the form of an Instagram video.

Brees is facing heavy criticism for his controversial stance on Colin Kaepernick’s silent kneeling protest. Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem years ago is back in the spotlight following George Floyd’s tragic death, caused by police officer David Chauvin.

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UGA plans for football as usual this fall

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Count the Georgia Bulldogs among the Power 5 programs that are confident there not only will be a full college football season this year, but stands full of fans to watch it.

While tempering their comments with caveats regarding impossible-to-know future developments with the coronavirus pandemic, UGA President Jere Morehead and Athletic Director Greg McGarity spoke optimistically about a close-to-normal college football season.

“Right now, our plan is to move forward and start the season on time and to have a full season,” Morehead said in a question-and-answer session with reporters following Thursday’s meeting of the Georgia athletics board. “I can’t predict events that would change that plan, but that’s the approach that the SEC is operating under.”

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Penn State Athletics sets start date for phased return to campus

Penn State Athletics has announced that a phased return to campus for students-athletes will begin with 75 football players on June 8.

The release states that CDC and local government guidelines will be followed and the Penn State sports science team has developed protocols which include the wearing of masks, daily health screenings and small group activities as well as additional usage and sanitation facilities.

The released also stated that student-athletes have begun a prescribed quarantine in preparation for their return to campus and will be tested and quarantined upon their return.

Those student-athletes who are medically cleared may then participate in voluntary on-campus workouts starting on June 15.

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NBA voice Grant Napear was unjustly fired over ‘All Lives Matter’ truth

These days you never know when you’re a goner. You never know if your career and deeds — good deeds, well-intended deeds and honest work — will be hijacked by fringe lunatics or the merely wishful to publicly paint you as what they want you to be, hope you are or read online that you definitely are.

Thus you become a racist, because that’s a quick, effective substitute for reasonable, civil dialogue and for dealing with certain clear, present and often unpopular truths.

So the easiest, safest way to protect your career is to pander to those with whom you disagree, ignore what you can’t miss or simply run away.

Grant Napear, 32 years the TV voice of the Sacramento Kings, is a goner this week, fired from his gig as a Sacramento sports talk host and “resigned” as the TV voice of Kings TV broadcast because he’s a racist. Perhaps. There’s no evidence. But a knee-jerk reaction from easily frightened bosses (see: Doug Adler, former ESPN tennis analyst) is all it takes.

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Luke Kuechly officially joins front office as pro scout

“My family ran an auto parts company. That was my last job when I was in high school. I worked in the warehouse as a warehouse picker,” Kuechly recalled Thursday night.

That’s right. Before becoming a seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker and one of the best players in Panthers’ history, Kuechly spent his summers at J&N Auto Electric in Cincinnati.

“As a picker, you print out a sheet that has an order form on it,” Kuechly explained. “You go through the order form, you take everything off the shelves, drop it off at packaging, then they package it up and ship it off.”

Twelve summers later, Kuechly has a new job. It’s a lot different from his warehouse picking days, but it’s pretty similar to what he’s been doing the past eight years.

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