By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The UCLA Bruins football team do not trust head coach Chip Kelly’s program, according to a story that came out in the Los Angeles Times. 30 players also do not trust the school, the report said.
These players claim that the school will not work in their best interest. These individuals also claim that the school failed them, claiming “neglected and mismanaged injury cases.”
The players, who made their claims known on Thursday night, would like a separate health organization to put health guidelines in place due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Some players may not report to Westwood because of the pandemic.
“These demands reflect our call for an environment in which we do not feel pressured to return to competition, and if we choose not to return, that our decision will be respected,” the document reads. “If our demands are not met, we will refrain from booster events, recruiting events and all football-related promotional activities.
“The decision to return to training amidst a global pandemic has put us, the student-athletes, on the frontlines of a battle that we as a nation have not yet been able to win. We feel that as some of the first members of the community to attempt a return to normalcy, we must have assurances that allow us to make informed decisions and be protected regardless of our decision.”
Players can report for involuntary workouts on Monday. The NCAA Division I Council has announced last week that the college football season will start on time in the fall.
While the players want their scholarships guaranteed, Matt Elliott, UCLA’s senior associate athletic director for internal operations, has not guaranteed that, according to the post. Elliott said that scholarships are currently covered until October 1st.
He did indicate that student-athletes will have their scholarships covered in the fall. However, he refused to comment further than that.
“We will evaluate subsequent terms to see where we are in the pandemic and what the health recommendations are for winter and spring,” Elliott said.
Starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson may have been one of those asking for the demands. He claims that Kelly agrees with the demands.
“Don’t turn this into a feeding frenzy on Coach, this is about the safety of the program as a whole,” Thompson-Robinson said. “Would also like to state that Coach Kelly agrees with ALL of the demands on this letter and is working to get them in place. As the player whose face is on the cover of the article, I apologize to coach as I was unaware the letter would be given to the media for them to mislead.”
Kelly is 7-17 in his first two seasons with the Bruins. He is 16-43 in his last 59 games as a college football and NFL head coach.
In his first season with the Bruins, Kelly guided the team to a 3-9 record. Then, last season, he guided the team to a 4-8 mark.