California governor Gavin Newson has had a tough six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

USC football players ask California Gov. Newsom to 'let us play'

In a letter shared via Twitter, USC football players have asked California Gov. Gavin Newsom to ease health and safety protocols so that they can resume practicing and, ideally, have a fall football season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, football programs in California and Oregon cannot begin contact practices because of state guidelines. ESPN reported on Monday that the Pac-12 could request that teams hold standard practices for up to six weeks before starting a season. 

While the Big Ten and Pac-12 both postponed football and other fall sports on Aug. 11 because of the health crisis, rumors continue to suggest the conferences could soon reverse those decisions. ESPN's Monday report claimed the Pac-12 won't start games before mid-to-late November. 

Earlier this month, the conference announced that it had partnered with Quidel Corp. for daily coronavirus testing that provides rapid results. It's believed such testing could allow for a Pac-12 football season if teams in California and Oregon are cleared to practice. 

Accounting for the six-week window, each day programs in those states cannot gather in large groups pushes the start of a potential fall campaign back further and decreases the league's chances of having at least one team compete for a national title. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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