Jeremy Rubin
Jeremy Rubin '23 is one of the sports section's Managing Editors for Vol. 258. A lifelong Yankees, Knicks and Jets fan, this New Yorker spends his free time devouring all forms of sports content or jamming out to music. Contact him at jjmrubin 'at' stanford.edu.

11 sports return to campus

Twelve varsity teams were allowed to return to campus in full on Monday, Jan. 4, Stanford Athletics spokesperson Brian Risso confirmed in an email to The Daily.

Recruiting roundup: Beach volleyball brings in 5

The five signees — Camdyn Doucet (New Braunfels, Texas), Emma Morris (Haymarket, Va.), Serena Turner (Phoenix, Ariz.), Avi Vetter (Olympia, Wash.) and Taylor Wilson (Santa Barbara, Calif.) — will join a team that finished the COVID-19-shortened season with a 6-7 record but closed the season on a 6-2 run.

Stanford football game versus Washington State canceled

Stanford football’s game against Washington State, originally scheduled for Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. PT, was cancelled on Friday. The Cougars would not have had the minimum number of scholarship players available due to “a number of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols,” according to a Stanford Athletics statement.

Stanford Athletics partners with StanfordVotes to promote voter registration

An initiative started by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee within Stanford Athletics has been promoting voter registration for student-athletes on all varsity sports and athletics department staff. The committee, a part of Stanford’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, partnered with StanfordVotes to supply voting information and resources ahead of the upcoming election.

Pac-12 cleared to return

The Pac-12 CEO Group announced today in a written statement that multiple Pac-12 sports are set to return before the end of 2020. The decision comes following updated recommendations from the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee.

Stanford in the NFL, Week 1: Michael Thomas’ social justice statement

Former Cardinal and current Texans second-string safety Michael Thomas played sparingly in his team’s season opener on Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. The eight-year veteran did not record a tackle in his team’s loss and saw the field primarily on special teams. However, his contributions to Week 1 of the NFL were felt far beyond what appeared in the box score.

Rubin: Bigger than sports

As the NBA and other sports begin to return, remember that sports can’t, and shouldn’t, operate in isolation. There cannot be a desire for a return to this past normalcy which separated sports from social justice issues. Black Americans continue to be oppressed by systemic racism and police brutality, and substantive change continues to be brushed aside by those in charge. Continuing to criticize athletes for their choice to boycott and their use of their platform to protest racial injustice is a willful ignorance to these ongoing atrocities.

Pac-12 postpones sports until 2021

The Pac-12 Conference released a statement yesterday afternoon, announcing that the conference would postpone all athletic competitions until at least Jan.1, 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This decision came after consultations with university athletic directors and Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee.

Stanford to discontinue 11 varsity sports

A joint statement released today by University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Provost Persis Drell and Director of Athletics Bernard Muir announced that Stanford will discontinue 11 of its 36 varsity sports upon the completion of the 2020-21 academic year. After that, the the affected sports will have the opportunity to transition to club status.
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