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Golden Nuggets: The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences won’t play football this fall

Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for August 12, 2020

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Tuesday was a slow news day in the NFL, but that wasn’t the case in politics and college football.

The Pac-12 cancels the 2020 football season

The growing safety concerns and rising knowledge of the long-term impact of the coronavirus are ultimately what led to the cancellation of the Pac-12 football season this fall. It has been only hours since the Pac-12 had ‘an eye-opening experience’ after speaking with doctors who informed them of the link between myocarditis and COVID-19. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle often associated with viral infections and been linked closely to COVID-19. It is quoted to “come on suddenly and often with significant severity, resulting in an exceptionally high risk of death caused by cardiogenic shock (the heart’s inability to pump enough blood), fatal arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats) and multiorgan failure,” according to the American Heart Association.

The Big Ten became the first of the Power-5 Conferences to postpone the 2020 fall sports season, doing so at 2:45 PM ET, citing that their “primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” according to a statement from Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors.

The fate of the college football season happening in 2020 now relies on the Big 12’s decision as reportedly, the SEC is favoring a continuation of playing this fall, but will need the Big 12 to come with them.

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49ers — 2019 record: 13-3

Why they’re here: Best roster in the conference. Great coaching. Jimmy Garoppolo had a very good season, and is another year removed from his 2018 knee injury. It’s hard to go to back-to-back Super Bowls, but this team is set up for big success.

Steve Young: Rest of the NFL knows 49ers ‘are the kings’

One of the easier hurdles is coming from behind. People aren’t really ready for you. You get good really fast, and you kind of run through the season and run the table. It almost happened last year. That’s the best kind of way to do it. Now comes the hard work, and if they can do it this year, you got to think that they can do it every year for four or five years.

Deion Sanders leaving NFL Network after contract squabble

Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is leaving the NFL Network after a contract disagreement, The Post has learned.

Sanders, 53, has expressed a desire to get into coaching and there is a feeling that is what is next for him. He made an attempt to become the head coach at his alma mater, Florida State.

His son, Shedeur Sanders, a top high school quarterback prospect, has signed to play with Florida Atlantic. Another son, Shilo, is a cornerback at South Carolina.

While the network confirmed Sanders’ departure, sources said the two sides could not come to an agreement with NFLN looking for Sanders to take a pay cut from what is surely a seven-plus-figure salary. The amount of the cut is unknown. Sanders’ contract had recently expired.

An Unbiased, Totally Correct Ranking of Every NFL Pass-Catching Group, 2020 Edition

23. San Francisco 49ers

WR: Deebo Samuel

WR: Kendrick Bourne

WR: Brandon Aiyuk

RB: Tevin Coleman

FB: Kyle Juszczyk

TE: George Kittle

Kittle is the best all-around tight end in football, but everyone behind him is a mystery for 2020. Emmanuel Sanders left in free agency, and Deebo Samuel broke his foot this offseason and may not be ready for Week 1. Rookie first-rounder Brandon Aiyuk and 2019 third-rounder Jalen Hurd, both former running backs, figure to fill in if Samuel can’t play, but neither has played an NFL snap. San Francisco’s other options are flawed. Dante Pettis lost head coach Kyle Shanahan’s trust last year, Trent Taylor missed the entire 2019 season, and newly signed tight end Jordan Reed has seven documented concussions. Kendrick Bourne is a third-down machine, but may not be suited for a larger role. Kittle never wants to go down, but the 49ers need a few players behind him to stand up. Perhaps they’ll turn to their highly paid, Harvard-educated fullback.