ESPN: Rick Dennison out as Minnesota Vikings assistant after refusing COVID-19 vaccine, sources say

ESPN: Rick Dennison out as Minnesota Vikings assistant after refusing COVID-19 vaccine, sources say. “After refusing to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, Rick Dennison is out as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach, sources told ESPN on Friday. Dennison, who had served as the Vikings’ offensive line coach/run game coordinator the past two seasons, is believed to be the first NFL position coach to leave his team after choosing not to receive a vaccine.”

Sporting News: Kelly Stafford apologizes for calling Michigan a ‘dictatorship’ during Instagram rant

Sporting News: Kelly Stafford apologizes for calling Michigan a ‘dictatorship’ during Instagram rant. “Kelly Stafford has learned the power of words. Stafford, whose husband is Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, issued a apology on her Instagram page Monday for her Instagram rant last week, during which she referred to the state of Michigan as a ‘dictatorship.’”

Sports Illustrated: ‘I Think There’s a Better Way’: Can—and Should—College Football Change Its Approach to Contact Tracing?

Sports Illustrated: ‘I Think There’s a Better Way’: Can—and Should—College Football Change Its Approach to Contact Tracing?. “In college football, a player who is exposed to COVID-19 can’t ‘test out’ of quarantine, regardless of whether he ever tested positive himself. Some believe that will change soon. But should it?”

LSU-Florida has been postponed after Gators’ coronavirus outbreak; tentative date: Dec. 12 (The Advocate)

The Advocate: LSU-Florida has been postponed after Gators’ coronavirus outbreak; tentative date: Dec. 12. “The rivalry week began with a plea, a brash call for a packed crowd amid a global pandemic, and it ended, days later, when a coronavirus outbreak forced LSU and Florida to postpone their high-profile football game for a date two months down the line.”

CNN: University of Florida head football coach tests positive for Covid-19

CNN: University of Florida head football coach tests positive for Covid-19. “University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement he posted on Twitter on Saturday. ‘I’m continuing to self-isolate from my family, who all remain healthy, and am following the guidelines set forth by UF Health, the CDC and our public health officials,’ Mullen tweeted.”

Massachusetts General Hospital: New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host pro football events

Massachusetts General Hospital: New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host pro football events. “Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 have been detected following football events in the United States, and games have the potential to become ‘superspreader’ events. Because the National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made the decision to play their games amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Georgia Tech and Boston Medical Center have extended their artificial intelligence–based COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool to incorporate NFL and NCAA football games. The model can help public officials and team owners in their decision-making regarding in-person attendance.”

The Invisible Crowd: Inside the NFL’s Fake Crowd Noise System (NBC News)

NBC News: The Invisible Crowd: Inside the NFL’s Fake Crowd Noise System. “Wendel Stevens has spent decades mixing sound for live football broadcasts. During a game, he’s thinking about the sound of the announcers’ voices, when to play the iconic theme music, what players are doing on the field and what coaches are yelling from the sidelines. But there’s one thing he’s never had to give much thought: the crowd.”

CNN: Tennessee Titans players under investigation following Covid-19 cases

CNN: Tennessee Titans players under investigation following Covid-19 cases. “The NFL and the players union are investigating members of the Tennessee Titans for possibly violating health protocols, an NFL spokesman confirmed Thursday. Following an unsanctioned, off-site practice during a Covid-19 outbreak among the team last week, the league and the NFL Players’ Association sent investigators to Nashville. On Friday, the league banned gatherings outside of team facilities.”