“I would call it a dramatic irony,” Woods said in a phone interview Friday. “Every person’s decision should be respected, but he did not respect my decision. The rule for me was that if you opt out, you won’t be part of the team. Now he wants to opt out of the vaccine. Does he want to be part of the team?”
The pandemic’s most enduring legacy is as a tool of division – whether through shutdowns, masks, vaccines or mandates. There is little room for common ground as a razor’s edge as the boundary line between individual liberty and the public good.
And so, when Rolovich admitted in a video news conference Saturday afternoon that it had been “an incredible strain” over the past few months, it probably wasn’t surprising that there was at least one cougar—83 percent of whom had been vaccinated. was imposed on September 10th – portrayed the situation in our-versus-them words.
“The guys who are covering us are trying to dig a hole on our Cougar football team,” said quarterback Jaden De Laura. “I thought you guys were supposed to support us, and you guys are here trying to get our heads out.”
He said: “There’s probably friction outside our team. We don’t pay attention to these kinds of things. It’s you guys. It’s your point of view. You guys aren’t coming early in the morning to practice and make sacrifices with us.” “
Before the game, De Laura interrupted his warm-up to pay a quick visit to Jack Thompson, nicknamed Throwin’ Samoan, who is revered as the first in a long line of standout quarterbacks. A few minutes earlier, Thompson, in a letterman jacket, hugged Rolovich and wished him good luck.
But even Thompson has struggled to understand the situation.
“I am conflicted,” he said. “Nick is a friend and a very good coach. And I’ve given him my advice. But I love my school, and no one is bigger than the school.
“I’m just praying to be right,” she continued, knowing that like everyone else—perhaps except for Rolovitch—he had no idea how it would turn out.