Here is the fallout from the most recent news from the NCAA:SEPTEMBER 1Dabo Swinney was irate when circumstances related to COVID-19 forced the cancellation of one of Clemson’s key games last year, but the coach seems optimistic that things will run more smoothly this season. Swinney shared some of his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine while speaking with the media on Tuesday. He said there are “very few” people with the Clemson program who have not been vaccinated, which “gives you a whole lot more comfort level.” Read more here.AUGUST 30"In the event a team is unable to begin or complete a regular season conference event due to the unavailability of participants (due to COVID-19, injuries or other reasons), that team will forfeit the contest and will be assigned a loss in the conference standings," the SEC announced in a release. "The opposing team that is ready to play will be credited with a win in the conference standings. Both teams will be deemed to have played and completed the contest for purpose of the conference standings. If both teams are unable to compete due to the unavailability of participants (due to COVID-19, injuries or other reasons), both teams shall be deemed to have forfeited the game, with a loss assigned to both teams and applied to the conference standings. Both teams will be deemed to have played and completed the contest for purpose of the conference standings." Interestingly, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey can declare a game a "no contest" if "extraordinary circumstances warrant" such a decision. Read more here.AUGUST 27The University of Notre Dame is requiring that all students returning to campus be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Interestingly, individuals attending Notre Dame Fighting Irish home football games won't have to follow similar protocols. Per guidelines announced by Notre Dame director of athletics Jack Swarbrick on Friday, the wearing of masks or other proper face coverings will be optional for guests while outdoors or in non-enclosed spaces of Notre Dame Stadium. All fans are required to wear masks inside indoor areas of the stadium, and unvaccinated guests are "expected" to wear masks at all times. As Joshua Vowles noted for One Foot Down, the university is not requiring proof of vaccination to enter Notre Dame Stadium but added: "We will continue to monitor campus, local, state and national conditions to best protect our students, staff and attendees. On a weekly basis, we will re-evaluate our gameday policies and make applicable changes to protect our community." Read more here.Add the Mountain West Conference to the list of leagues not intending to shift or delay schedules during fall seasons because of issues related to the coronavirus. Any game where both teams can't safely field squads because of COVID-19 will be ruled a "no contest." The Mountain West is not enforcing any minimum roster thresholds. Read more here.AUGUST 25According to Alex Scarborough of ESPN, Auburn Tigers head football coach Bryan Harsin somewhat elaborated on his feelings while speaking with reporters Wednesday as he remains isolated after testing positive for the virus last week. "Let me be clear. I am not anti-vaccine, and any narrative along those lines is misinformed," Harsin said without directly confirming or denying that he's been vaccinated. Read more here.AUGUST 24The LSU Tigers announced fans must show proof of either a COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test to attend home games. The policy will be in effect when the Tigers host the McNeese State Cowboys in their home opener on Sept. 11. Fans younger than 12 do not need to show proof of a negative test to attend games, but guests between five and 11 years old must wear proper face coverings inside the venue. Children under five are "encouraged" to wear masks. The school added in the release that the football team "has reached 99.1% vaccination." Read more here. Auburn Tigers head football coach Bryan Harsin confirmed last Friday that he was isolating away from team activities after he tested positive for COVID-19. On Tuesday, Auburn defensive coordinator Derek Mason took to Twitter to announce he has recovered from a breakthrough bout with the coronavirus. Mason also used the platform to encouraged those who haven't yet been vaccinated to get their shots. Read more here.AUGUST 23The Big Ten joined the other power conferences on Monday by announcing its COVID-19 policies for the upcoming fall seasons ahead of Saturday's football opener between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini. "The conference has determined that if one of its member institutions is unable to play a conference contest due to COVID-19, that contest shall be declared a forfeit and will not be rescheduled," the Big Ten declared in an official statement. "That contest shall be considered a loss for the team impacted by COVID-19 and a win for its opponent in the conference standings. If both of the two competing teams are unable to participate in a scheduled conference competition due to COVID-19 and as a result the competition is unable to occur on the calendar day on which it is scheduled, the competition shall be considered a 'no contest.'" Read more here.AUGUST 20Per Nathan King of 247Sports, Auburn head football coach Bryan Harsin is currently away from the team after testing positive for the virus. "Yesterday I tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," Harsin explained Friday. "I am isolating at home while experiencing no symptoms." Read more here.AUGUST 19Washington State Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich said in July that he was not getting vaccinated against COVID-19 "for reasons which will remain private." That, however, was before Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that employees working in educational roles throughout the state must be vaccinated. According to Sean Quinton of the Seattle Times, Rolovich told reporters following Thursday's practice that he will comply with the updated guidelines. Quinton explained that private and charter school employees have until Oct. 18 to get fully vaccinated unless they can prove medical or religious exemptions. Per reports, Rolovich is the only head football coach in the Pac-12 not vaccinated against the virus. Washington State is reportedly responsible for the conference's lowest vaccination rate among players at 80%. Read more here.The ACC is the latest conference threatening to make football teams and other athletic programs forfeit during upcoming seasons if they're unable to compete because of COVID-19 issues and/or concerns. The conference added that in a situation where both teams involved in a matchup can't play because of coronavirus-related setbacks, both will be charged with forfeits and losses in the conference standings. Read more here.AUGUST 18Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban offered an update for his team's vaccination rate when speaking with ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. "All but one of our guys has been vaccinated, but it could still be an issue," Saban explained. Read more here.AUGUST 17The Big 12 announced its COVID-19 policy on Tuesday. The conference will force forfeits for teams that are unable to field squads because of COVID-19 issues or other setbacks. Read more here.AUGUST 12For the 2021 season, the Pac-12 decided to go back to counting games canceled due to player availability as forfeited losses, regardless of whether COVID-19 plays a role. "Any forfeited contest shall be regarded as a conference loss for the team making the forfeit and a conference win for its opponent," the conference said in a statement obtained by ESPN. "The Pac-12 rule provides the Commissioner with discretion to determine whether an institution is at fault or primarily at fault for an instability to play a contest based on the facts of the situation." The Pac-12 also updated its return-to-play protocols for the season. Read more here.AUGUST 8Ole Miss football head coach Lane Kiffin said Sunday there is a 100% vaccination rate among his players, coaches, staff members and everybody within the program who will be on the practice field, according to ESPN's Chris Low. "It's pretty amazing and great motivation for our fans and the state," Kiffin told ESPN. Read more here.AUGUST 5The Florida Gators endured a serious and concerning COVID-19 outbreak last fall that temporarily threatened their season and reportedly included head coach Dan Mullen, two assistants, and approximately 30 total players testing positive for the virus. According to The Associated Press (h/t ESPN), Mullen told reporters Thursday his team will spend at least part of training camp in a hotel as fall practice begins Friday amid surging coronavirus cases throughout the state. Read more here.JULY 27Washington State Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich spoke during Tuesday's Pac-12 media day session remotely because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. While the conference required all in-person participants to be vaccinated, Rolovich explained the university's administration is respecting his decision and added he will follow all policies "for the unvaccinated." "I'm not against vaccinations, and I wholeheartedly support those who choose to get vaccinated, including our players," Rolovich said, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN. "I urge everyone to consider being vaccinated." Rolovich reiterated he won't publicly share why he's not getting one of the available shots but said roughly 75% of the Washington State roster is either fully vaccinated or has begun the vaccination process. Read more here.JULY 22Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren explained during Thursday's Media Day session that league presidents and chancellors agreed last month individual schools will first determine their own policies regarding COVID-19 and vaccinations among student-athletes. Read more here.Florida State coach Mike Norvell said Thursday his team is "getting closer each day" to reaching the 85% vaccination mark. "That's something we're working through," he added. Norvell explained that former FSU and NFL player Myron Rolle, who currently works as a neurosurgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, spoke with players and answered questions they have about the available vaccines. Read more here.New Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff told ESPN's Heather Dinich he's considering adopting a policy that involves forfeits for canceled games due to COVID setbacks among unvaccinated players. Read more here.JULY 21Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said his team is "pretty close to 90%" for COVID-19 vaccinations. While the legendary coach explained receiving one of the shots is a personal decision for his players, he added the vaccines are the best way to ensure his team can take the field for each scheduled game. Read more here.ACC commissioner Jim Phillips explained during Wednesday's media days session his conference hasn't yet decided on how to handle games impacted by coronavirus-related absences and issues. Phillips strongly encouraged unvaccinated individuals to get their shots but also said the conference is leaving vaccine mandates up to the individual schools. The ACC's medical advisory group is expected to meet in the coming weeks to discuss protocols that could potentially lead to a team being unable to play during a week of the season. Read more here.Per Harry Lyles Jr. of ESPN, Washington State Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich announced Wednesday he will participate in Pac-12 media day next Tuesday remotely because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more here.JULY 20Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart said Tuesday that his team is over 85% for vaccinations, which allows for the loosening of some health and safety protocols. That doesn't mean Smart is satisfied. "It's not about a number," Smart explained. "It's not about a threshold. I think everybody wants to write who's over and who's under. What it's really about is being able to save our season. Being able to keep our players safe. We want to keep our players safe. We want to keep our coaches and staff safe. We want to keep our family members safe, and that comes through vaccinations." Smart also said vaccinated coaches have addressed players about why they received the shots. Read more here.JULY 19SEC commissioner Greg Sankey explained during Monday's media days session that six of the conference's 14 football teams have reached at least an 80% COVID-19 vaccination rate and that the "number needs to grow and grow rapidly." Sankey added teams are "expected to play as scheduled" and could be made to accept losses if unable to field a squad during any particular week. "That means your team needs to be healthy to compete, and if not, that game won't be rescheduled," Sankey said. "And thus, to dispose of the game, the 'forfeit' word comes up at this point." As of now, the SEC does not intend to postpone contests for coronavirus-related reasons this fall. While speaking about this plan, Sankey strongly encouraged players, coaches, staff members, and fans to receive COVID-19 vaccine shots if they're not already immunized. Read more here.JULY 14Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby explained players will again be tested for the coronavirus and urged those hoping to participate in the upcoming campaign to receive COVID-19 vaccine shots if they haven't already been immunized. Read more here.JUNE 1Penn State vice president for intercollegiate athletics Sandy Barbour confirmed Tuesday that the lifting of statewide health and safety protocols will allow Beaver Stadium to operate at 100% capacity for the 2021 season. The Penn State announcement added that tailgating and other traditional aspects of football game days will also return. PSU is shifting fully to mobile tickets for all sports and reducing physical contact points at venues. Read more here.MARCH 6The NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA, unsurprisingly, took a massive hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. When the entire country came to a halt about one year ago, Forbes estimated that the four major American sports leagues and the NCAA would lose a combined $5 billion in revenue. According to Forbes' most recent report, the revenue losses for the NCAA and the four major U.S. sports leagues have now hit at least $14.1 billion. Read more here.