Week One of 2021 College Football – Need a Shot?

It’s finally time to organize our lives around college football schedules again.

Confusion about vaccine mandates continue to confuse. As a general rule, as per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order regarding mandates private institutions can do as they chose but any school that takes money from the state is not allowed to require proof of a Covid vaccine before entering.

That means Rice, yes. Cougars, Longhorns, Aggies, no. Baylor Bears no. LSU Tigers yes.

It’s a bit of a mish-mash, and as teams will be traveling from state to state, the players’ requirements will be different from fans. ND Kalu, who played at Rice before a career in the NFL, and aside from his duties hosting “In the Trenches” on Sports Talk 790, says the players are psyched about getting on the field. “I’ve talked to a lot of college football players, and they are so excited even though they had the chance to play last year. Players told me that playing in front of empty stadiums didn’t feel right, so I don’t think they care about whether or not someone has to present a vaccine card,” he tells KTRH News. In most instances, including LSU, proof of a negative test can be used in the absence of a vaccine record.

You can hear every University of Texas, University of Houston and Louisiana State University games on iHeart Houston stations KTRH, Sports Talk 790 and AM 790.

The Cougars are home Saturday night, and the Longhorns and Aggie both begin the season with home games. LSU is in Los Angeles.

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