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WSU DB Patrick Nunn opts out of 2020 season in support of #WeAreUnited movement

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The safety becomes the second WSU to officially opt out of the 2020 college football season.

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It’s been a whirlwind weekend of news out of Pullman.

Over the weekend multiple Pac-12 players, including some at Washington State, announced that they would be boycotting the 2020 season if the conference didn’t address a list of demands in the #WeAreUnited movment. On Sunday, WSU receiver Kassidy Woods officially opted out of the season due to COVID-19 safety concerns, but a recording of his phone call with head coach Nick Rolovich stole the headlines after Rolovich asked about his involvement in the unity movement. And, on Monday, Rolovich clarified his position about the movement in an official statement.

The #WeAreUnited movement has created a story that has the potential to carry on for a long time and on Tuesday, another WSU player added to it.

In a statement given to Theo Lawson of the Spokesman Review, WSU defensive back Patrick Nunn announced that he will also opt out of the 2020 season. However, unlike Woods who opted out mainly because of his pre-exisiting medical condition, Nunn says he is skipping the season in support of the player unity movement.

Nunn, a redshirt sophomore who played mostly nickel last season, would have likely been in competition for a starting spot this season. Instead, Nunn say’s he’s heading back home to the Bay Area to support other supporters of the movement.

“My decision of opting out is because of everything that’s going on that we mentioned,” Nunn told Lawson, referencing a list of demands sent by to the Pac-12 by the #WeAreUnited group. “I’m not just doing this for myself, I’m doing this for the future of the NCAA as well.”

Nunn says that he called Rolovich on Sunday to inform him of the decision. While we likely won’t hear a recording of this phone call, Nunn says Rolovich advised him to wait for more clarity on the season before announcing his opt out.

“He just wanted us to wait before coming out on anything, doing anything, because he feels like there’s not going to be a season anyway,” Nunn told Lawson. “That’s what he told me.”

That last quote is notable, but not exactly surprising. At this point, it seems like there are more things working against a fall football season than things working for it, but having a head coach tell a player that he doesn’t think a season is going to happen is interesting.

Will more players opt out of the season? Will the #WeAreUnited group have any impact on how the Pac-12 operates? Will the football season continue as currently planned?

Right now, we have a lot of questions about the 2020 season and very few answers. So, right now, college football fans, players and coaches alike are playing the waiting game this summer.

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