From Buckeye fan site Eleven Warriors;
In response to a query from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) who described the https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-athletics/2020/06/114586/ohio-state-requires-athletes-to-sign-buckeye-pledge-waiver-before-returning-to-participate-in-athletic-activities as a “liability waiver,” Drake – who concluded his tenure as Ohio State president on Tuesday but is still the chairman of the NCAA's Board of Governors – refuted that description and, as athletic director Gene Smith and other Ohio State representatives have said previously, said the Buckeye Pledge will not used as a legal waiver for the university.
“They did not sign a liability waiver. That's not true. It's a pledge that all of our students are going to be signing to basically follow the good public health guidelines that you and I and everyone should follow to help protect us against the pandemic,” Drake said. “In fact, the guidelines are exactly parallel to the CDC-issued guidelines that came out just yesterday. And what the pledge says is that you'll wear a mask when you're in public, you'll wash your hands, you'll keep six feet of distance and if you become ill, you'll report this to people to allow you to be protected.
“Specifically in the pledge, it says that whether or not you participate will not affect your scholarship, so it's a pledge not a waiver, which I would not support.”
Upon further questioning about the Buckeye Pledge from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) – who https://twitter.com/RossDellenger/status/1278056623605497856 along with fellow Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Tuesday that would prohibit athletes from being required to sign liability waivers related to COVID-19 – Drake said “I don't support a waiver or an assumption of risk in a legal sense” and said Ohio State has not asked its athletes to waive any legal rights by signing the pledge.
So it is not a waiver after all. Interesting Congress is introducing legislation to prohibit waivers.
Full article; https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-athletics/2020/07/114874/president-emeritus-michael-drake-says-buckeye-pledge-will-not-be-used-as-legal-waiver-at-senate-subcommittee-hearing
I believe the Illinois Football Program had players sign waivers.