• Pete Thamel

    Pete Thamel

    Pete is an award-winning writer covering college sports and the NFL for Yahoo Sports. He came to Yahoo in 2017 after five years as a senior writer at Sports Illustrated covering college football and basketball. He previously spent nine years as the national college sports reporter for the New York Times. Pete graduated from Syracuse University. Follow Pete on Twitter (@PeteThamel) and Instagram (peterthamel).
  • Barry Alvarez on fate of 2020 college football season: ‘I’m concerned. I’m very concerned.’
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    Barry Alvarez on fate of 2020 college football season: ‘I’m concerned. I’m very concerned.’

    The Wisconsin legend said he's 'afraid' ahead of the 2020 season and has a variety of valid concerns as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the country.

  • As problems mount, college football's outlook appears grim: 'You can feel the tidal wave coming'
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    As problems mount, college football's outlook appears grim: 'You can feel the tidal wave coming'

    It’s too early to declare the 2020 football season over. But the path to cancellation appears more obvious than the path to any type of functional and recognizable season.

  • Amid tenuous times, Big Ten reveals flexible 2020 football schedule
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    Amid tenuous times, Big Ten reveals flexible 2020 football schedule

    The Big Ten is now scheduled to be the first major conference to kick off the 2020 football season, as the league’s opening schedule is slated for Sept. 5.

  • College Podcast: Pac-12 boycott, Big 12 schedule plans, NCAA vs the Power 5
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    College Podcast: Pac-12 boycott, Big 12 schedule plans, NCAA vs the Power 5

    The news just kept coming over the weekend and Dan Wetzel and Pete Thamel are here to break it all down. In the Pac-12, players released a list of demands ranging from health and safety, racial equality and a revenue split. Will this holdout be a true agent of change?  SI’s Pat Forde may be absent from the podcast today but he was plenty busy over the weekend. He and his teammates broke a story suggesting the Power 5 could split with the NCAA over fall championships in 2020. Just how close are we to a major schism and would it be the right move for the Power 5 not only in 2020 but beyond.  And in SEC country, the state of Mississippi is deciding on a new flag and one official submission caught out eye. How can we get Elijah Moore officially on the flag?

  • Pac-12 player movement could lead to seismic change, despite unrealistic demands
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    Pac-12 player movement could lead to seismic change, despite unrealistic demands

    The Pac-12 effort for player unity was an admirable start for change, as the overall ethos should end up outshining a number of flaws.

  • Could a military academy win the college football title this season?
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    Could a military academy win the college football title this season?

    Army, Navy and Air Force all essentially operate in a bubble, which affords them what the other 127 FBS schools lack – a controlled environment to prepare for this unprecedented season.

  • Will Pac-12 players 'opt out' of games for safety, racial justice?
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    Will Pac-12 players 'opt out' of games for safety, racial justice?

    The size of the movement is unknown, and it’s also uncertain if it will include star players who can use their status to amplify the message.

  • Pac-12 unveils 10-game football schedule beginning on Sept. 26
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    Pac-12 unveils 10-game football schedule beginning on Sept. 26

    The league announced Friday that it’ll be playing a 10-game league schedule this football season starting on Sept. 26.

  • College Podcast: SEC & ACC plans are set, exodus to NFL begins
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    College Podcast: SEC & ACC plans are set, exodus to NFL begins

    Late Wednesday, the ACC released an 11-game schedule that included one non-conference matchup after catching wind the SEC was going with a conference-only model. The SEC, unfazed by the grandstanding, pushed forward and announced their 10-game conference-only plan on Thursday (after this podcast was recorded). Dan Wetzel, Pete Thamel, and SI’s Pat Forde parse through the breaking news. Will Notre Dame love their new digs or will they bounce back to independence after this season? Staying in the ACC, Virginia Tech standout and projected first-round talent Caleb Farley opted to try his luck in the NFL. Just how many players will follow his lead? Finally, the guys have an update on the sex-crazed monkeys taking over in Thailand as well as an animal uprising closer to home.