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Big 12's Bob Bowlsby: Players Who Don't Get COVID Vaccine Taking 'Unnecessary Risk'

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says the league cannot mandate college football players to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, but he is attempting to push student athletes in that direction.

"We are certainly, as we go forward, encouraging student-athletes to get vaccinated," Bowlsby told reporters Wednesday. " ... Frankly, anyone not getting vaccinated is taking unnecessary risk. And that's not just student-athletes, that's anyone in our society."

The commissioner also indicated unvaccinated players would face stricter testing protocols that could affect their eligibility for games.

"For a student-athlete, you're rolling the dice on whether or not you can participate [if you're not vaccinated]," he said.