ACC’s Phillips: Vaccines give ‘greatest likelihood’ to play

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ACC commissioner Jim Phillips says greater than half the groups within the convention have exceeded the 85% vaccination threshold however added that there’s nonetheless no determination on whether or not video games affected by COVID-19 might be rescheduled or forfeited.”There isn’t any query that growing the variety of vaccinations will present the perfect likelihood for our groups to compete,” Phillips mentioned at ACC media days Wednesday.Phillips referenced the NC State baseball staff, which was pressured out of the Faculty World Sequence in June after a number of gamers examined constructive for COVID-19, saying, “It could break my coronary heart, because it did this summer season, if any of our student-athletes or groups miss a recreation due to COVID-19 protocols and get in touch with tracing.”2 RelatedThe ACC’s medical advisory group is scheduled to fulfill and can present up to date protocols for testing and get in touch with tracing within the coming weeks, Phillips mentioned. He mentioned the choice to attend earlier than figuring out the influence of constructive exams on video games is about gathering extra info and studying extra about how the Delta variant behaves.Whereas a handful of ACC faculties are lagging in vaccination charges, a number of personal establishments have vaccine mandates campuswide, whereas others are “on the cusp” of reaching the 85% threshold that allows groups to keep away from common COVID-19 testing and having to put on masks indoors. Phillips mentioned vaccine mandates are on the discretion of the faculties.”Personally, I consider vaccines are vital to the safety of all and reaching the aim of eliminating COVID-19 and its variants,” he mentioned, “however I additionally deeply respect that it is a private alternative.”The ACC is working with the Advert Council to create a PSA encouraging vaccinations, and Phillips mentioned faculties have been offering info to athletes on the advantages of the vaccine.In his feedback on the ACC’s annual kickoff occasion, Phillips additionally addressed the expanded playoff proposal, which stays below evaluate. Two of the league’s highest-profile coaches — Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and North Carolina’s Mack Brown — have expressed considerations a couple of proposed 12-team mannequin, saying their groups had been towards enjoying further video games.Phillips mentioned ACC coaches will meet Wednesday to go over the enlargement proposal.”I requested our coaches to get collectively and speak about it and talk about how they really feel about it, from too many video games to well being and questions of safety to what it does for the common season,” Phillips mentioned. “Get a really feel and a learn. We’re beginning to see that. These are actual considerations, however we now have to be open-minded to it. It doesn’t suggest that we’ll assist it, [and their feedback] will definitely affect us.”

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