This may be one of the big reasons he's calling it in for the season. I don't know what sort of bubble the players are living in these days. It's gotta be restrictive though. Now, he can roll as he wants.It makes sense. Maybe he will go home and spend time with relatives for the Holidays, and then gets ready for the NFL draft. Good luck!
This signals to me that the season is effectively over.I wouldn’t be surprised if he knows the gophers aren’t playing until at least Dec 12
I believe he said that he did contract covid this summer. Maybe that was something I made up during a fever dream.His main reason for opting out in August was COVID concerns. When it looked like everything was safe with relatively flat Midwest case numbers and a good testing plan, it was acceptable. The situation in the locker room is no longer safe. If he were to contract symptomatic COVID and have lasting effects, it could significantly impact his training and/or draft clearance.
The Nebraska game could still be played possibly.This signals to me that the season is effectively over.
Bad break on timing means that Wisc, NW, and Nebraska will be cancelled. If crossover can be worked out to be against Wisc, then I think the team will vote to play it. But otherwise, Fleck will get what he originally wanted for this season to be cancelled altogether.
We’re not contending for anything this season, and he’s one injury away from cratering his professional prospects. Look around the country. Ja’Marr Chase, the #1 WR prospect in the country opted out of the entire season for LSU. I’m grateful that Rashod came in and provided the leadership he did this season. He’s making the right decision for himself, and I’m excited to see him represent Minnesota in the NFL.What a shame - another Gopher All-American who does not complete his junior year. Since he had Covid earlier, he could neither catch it nor pass it on, with just two or three games left. Possibly the Gophers will not play Northwestern, either.
Obviously this is all wild speculation:Was listening to WCCO this morning. (yeah, I'm old.)
Mike Max and Dave Lee were talking about Bateman. Mike Max said, among other things, that
what they were trying to do wasn't working.
A quote: "There had been promises made that were going to be tough to keep. They weren't winning and they kept trying to get him the ball."
Max is suggesting that the Gophers promised Bateman that he would be featured in the offense to elevate his draft status. That, essentially, they were force-feeding the ball to Bateman as the expense of other facets of the offense including Autman-Bell.
Not saying I agree, but I do think it is curious that they moved Bateman into the slot. going into the season, I expected Autman-Bell in the slot with Bateman at wideout. I don't know who made the decision to move Bateman into the slot, or why. but I don't think it necessarily helped the team.
LOLObviously this is all wild speculation:
Wonder if Bateman and his management crew actually demanded he be put in the slot, because they think that will be his position in the NFL?
Tanner locking in on Bateman and forcing the ball to him, because he was told that Bateman is option 1, 2, and 3 on every passing play?
(Of course, I'm happy to go along with the idea that both are just Sanford F'ing things up)
Spot onOpting out when you might only play one more game 3 weeks from now is no different than opting out of a bowl game. I don't blame him.
Good, you're welcome for the take you wouldn't get anywhere else.
For sureGood, you're welcome for the take you wouldn't get anywhere else.
That's exactly what a message board should be: fans throwing out things. Reject them if you don't like them, agree with if you do, or don't respond to them at all.
A message board should never be just people sharing links to official news. I can just go to Google News or the STrib for that.
I hope you think the same thing about players all over the country doing the same thingI have to say that it bugs me that Bateman is opting out for the 2nd time. I understand the uniqueness of the situation, but it seems selfish that because things aren't going as expected for Bateman or the team he is jumping out of the canoe to take care of himself. I don't think that is the culture that Fleck talks about.
Umm, what are you talking about exactly? None of the bolded is actually true. They thought that *might* be the case months ago, but there have been plenty of noted cases of people getting COVID a 2nd time.What a shame - another Gopher All-American who does not complete his junior year. Since he had Covid earlier, he could neither catch it nor pass it on, with just two or three games left. Possibly the Gophers will not play Northwestern, either.
Assuming from your monicker we might be in the same age group so I get where you're coming from. But it's just not the virus. I'm not sure when, but there was a shift from the idea of total loyalty to a school. Look at high school sports. Many kids ditch their high school teams to go elsewhere if it gets them more exposure or better training. Heck, hockey players go the junior route instead of playing for good old Grand Rapids like in the olden days.I have to say that it bugs me that Bateman is opting out for the 2nd time. I understand the uniqueness of the situation, but it seems selfish that because things aren't going as expected for Bateman or the team he is jumping out of the canoe to take care of himself. I don't think that is the culture that Fleck talks about.
We've never had a virus that has infected this many people receive so much scrutiny.Umm, what are you talking about exactly? None of the bolded is actually true. They thought that *might* be the case months ago, but there have been plenty of noted cases of people getting COVID a 2nd time.
In Colorado, we went for tests two weeks ago and the PCP who called to discuss the process with my fiancee (who herself already had COVID in March), said that in just the past 48 hours they had seen two positives for people who previously had it in April.
Bottom line, there is a ton they still don't know about this virus. Given that and that Minnesota is currently #2 in the nation for infections, it just adds more logic behind Rashod's decision to bow out