Ohio coach Ryan Day defended former Ohio defender Justin Fields in the event of a whisper that became a bear trap for ESPN analyst Dan Orlowski. In this way, however, Day offered unnecessary and unjustified criticism to players who made a conscientious decision not to play in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“The whole idea that he doesn’t have a very good work ethic?” Day said he told Peter King about his Football morning in America column. “I want to say that this is crazy for me. He finished Clemson’s game [a loss in the 2019 playoffs] and he came back and all he did was go back to that game. And when these other boys give up, what does he do? He applied for a season. He collected this petition, which all the athletes from the Big Ten signed that they want to play, but they want to play safely and that they do not accept the cancellation of the season. It was all run by Justin Fields. Where was everyone else? Where were the boys who gave up then? You know, you don’t like the game if you do something like that. This kid loves the game. “
Sorry, Coach’s Day. But it is possible not only to love the game, but also to worry about catching a virus and potentially transmitting it to family members, who may suffer from a very bad result. Although he has every right to defend Fields by expressing the quarterback’s efforts to save what would be a lost season (and which, depending on Day’s contract, could cost Day all or most of his salary) A day is wrong to assume that he has chosen equals not loving football.
“I think some people are a little reckless with their comments,” Day told King of Fields’ anonymous criticism of Orlowski and then published by him. Day, ironically, was more than “a little reckless” with his own comments.
For the same reason that those who hinder Fields deserve to be criticized, Day deserves to be criticized for reinforcing Fields by destroying those who have decided that there is no point in risking catching and / or spreading the virus by playing football in college in 2020, especially since they are not paid to play college football.
This is another reason why college football is facing a long overdue calculation. Until this calculation comes along, it will be permissible for everyone involved in the money-making machine to make decisions based on their own personal and business interests – with the exception of players. When players make a personal or business decision that makes them choose not to play football (neither for a game nor for an entire season), they will be labeled as disliking the game.
There is just as much BS in this statement as there is in anything anyone has said about Fields, and Day must face strong and widespread criticism of painting players who have given up on him in a negative way.