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Should we start bracing for no college football this fall? Concerns are growing

Less than two weeks ago, the NBA announced it would be abruptly suspending its season indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. That decision sparked a massive domino effect in the sports world, as the college basketball seasons and the remainder of all spring sports were canceled, with nearly every other live sporting event either being canceled or postponed in the time since. This afternoon alone, the Olympics were officially postponed, likely until 2021.

As the timeline of this outbreak continues to be pushed back further and further, the whispers of “just how far?” are growing louder and louder.

Could this potentially push back, say, college football in the fall?

On Monday afternoon, SEC analyst Paul Finebaum was asked about the growing concern of this issue potentially affecting the start of college football season. His response? The concern is real.

“I believe they’re very concerned, and I think there’s a hope that the season will get underway, I just don’t know in what shape or form,” Finebaum said during an appearance on WJOX 94.5 FM, via 247Sports. “And you’ve heard, as we’ve all heard, that the athletic directors, communicate with commissioner (Greg) Sankey every day and I think they’re just, I’m sure they’re probably going over a list of possibilities — what if (possibilities). And I thought Scott was about as buttoned-down as anyone we talked to date, because you know he is that type of organizer and facilitator and right now it just kind of like everything else, we don’t know.”

To add fuel to the fire, Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports wrote in a separate story those discussions are “coming.”

“That would be catastrophic [financially] for athletic departments if they can’t play football this fall,” the source said, via Thamel. “It’s just literally been the last [few days], but those conversations are coming. Some schools are already modeling. A lot of it is a guessing game of none of us knowing.”

Another issue at hand? Preparation for the college football season. If players don’t get the summer and early fall to train and practice with their teams, will they even be ready for the season should it start on time? Will coaches be able to implement their updated gameplans and playbooks in time for the upcoming season in?

“I’m very concerned about, physically, from a safety perspective, how do we get kids ready to play football,” a Power Five athletic director told Thamel. “This is going to be a long period of time. At virtually no time in their sports experience have [our athletes] had this much down time. From elementary school on. They can’t get in local health clubs. No one can get in our weight room. Your local high school is closed. What can you do in your house?

“For me, it’s all about getting the kids physically prepared. The ranges are going to be larger than we normally see.”

(Yahoo! Sports)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

33 Comments for Should we start bracing for no college football this fall? Concerns are growing



  1. Theymademesignup
    9:20 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

    If this is still so bad we have no sports come fall, sports will be the least of our worries.



    • JASUN74
      9:37 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      You’re right about that my brother. I’m hoping for everything to get back to normal in the next month or so. If not, we’ll have an entire country of kids who just aren’t physically and mentally ready to play a season of college football. I don’t even want to think about the worst case, but we may have to push the start date back the longer this goes. If we can’t get something done in the next couple of months, they’ll have to just cancel it all together. We all need to pray they find a cure quickly and stop this thing now! I thought it would be the NCAA to hurt us because we have the best talent we’ve ever had, not some virus. Lol.



    • satcheluk
      11:16 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      I like that your hopeful, but it’s naive. We won’t likely peak for about a month or more with infections/deaths. I hope we get back to normal by July or August, but I also recognize that we have a president and so many folks who don’t respect the gravity of this situation, that we may very well stop the suppression efforts and cause a round two of increasing infections. Why would anyone not want to err on the side of caution when so many lives are at stake?



    • gobble gobble
      5:24 am March 24, 2020 Permalink

      I do t see there being a college football or nfl season next year. Likely, next basketball season will be at least or pushed back



  2. bigblue98
    9:38 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

    Our great presidents new plan will ensure all who get the coronavirus and either survive or die by then. We should be embarrassed as a country each time this idiot gets up to talk – he sounds just like the incompetent moron he is. Now he is choosing the stock market and his wealthy friends over the health of the American public.



    • cspratt08
      9:57 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      *president’s



    • bigblue98
      10:13 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks spelling police – appreciate your insight.



    • sharpshooter81
      10:08 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      @bigblue98, what do you think Trump should do? Just shut down the country and stop everyone’s life for months? That will cause more of a catastrophic event than this virus will do. Do we have to change our way of doing things and be more responsible, absolutely yes. But again you can’t shut down everyone’s life and put them in a plastic bubble.

      And as far as college football is concerned, things will resume to normalcy for the most part by summer time and the season will go on as usual.



    • bigblue98
      10:19 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks for the follow up. You sound as confident as Trump does in your professional assessment of how the virus will play out. You might want to call the CDC and give them your opinion this will be over by summer time. Their experts who aren’t predicting that will like that info.



    • shepdog3720
      10:17 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      We should be embarrassed every time you give us UK fans your idiotic take on politics. You mad cuz someone wouldn’t bake your rainbow cake?



    • bigblue98
      10:42 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      Hey shepdog3720 – My statement wasn’t political at all. I am a moderate and can appreciate the views of both sides. As having respect for elderly people, I tend to think we should give it more than 15 days before life returns to normal. I’m losing quite a bit of money in the market because of this, but would trade some of that money to keep around some of the baby boomers that Trump doesn’t appear to care about anymore. Both sides need to work on a stimulus package, get it passed, and then give a few more days for the health experts to see. I’m genuinely concerned about the health of the elderly as hope to one day be there. No one wants to feel discarded, but it sure feels they’ve been given that card tonight.



    • friendsofcoal
      3:12 am March 24, 2020 Permalink

      You want to talk about embarrassment? How about looking at these old ass dem leaders? Have you read the shit that they wanted put into the coronavirus stimulus plan? I’m glad I’m not a democrat because I would be embarrassed and VERY ashamed to be a part of such a shit show! Wind and solar tax credits in a corona virus stimulus plan??? C’mon man. LMAO. How about jet fuel emissions?? Too funny. Nancy and Chuckie need to set their Trump hate to the side for a couple of months and worry about the citizens of this country. They are using this mess to try to hurt Trumps re-election bid plain and simple! Grow up people! I respected and fought thru 8 years of Obama and Dems can do the same.



    • WKY Cat
      9:46 am March 24, 2020 Permalink

      I’m just here to listen to all the google doctors about the coronavirus. I can truly see why Our state has a reputation for stupidity.



    • kjd
      10:51 am March 24, 2020 Permalink

      Flu infected 36 million this season and 22000 dead. Covid19 40000 infected and 500 dead.
      We are going to be fine. Quit being controlled by fear.



  3. City shuffle
    10:03 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

    Count on the season being played. If you don’t think MOST people aren’t going back to work in the next four weeks at the VERY most, you’re living in fairytale land.



    • sharpshooter81
      10:10 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      @ city shuffle, agree with you 100%!!



  4. JTHinton
    10:12 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

    I understand that this virus is much more serious than the Swine Flu in the late 2000’s, but that flu hospitalized 250,000 and killed 12,000, including many children. We never even considered canceling events. It is amazing how far we have shifted! Now we are legitimately considering delaying CFB because of a flu that hit us in March (LATE flu season)!?!



    • claiborne_field
      10:17 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      Seriously?



    • satcheluk
      11:19 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      This is why it will be worse here than many countries. You don’t hear the Japanese complaining about businesses shutting down and social distancing. They have more respect for their neighbors.



    • Corder
      9:21 am March 24, 2020 Permalink

      Becasue they are not allowed to speak. That’s why you haven’t heard them.



  5. sharpshooter81
    10:35 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

    I never said how the virus will play out so I don’t need to contact the CDC. But I have lived long enough to know that doctors will always be more conservative in predicting diseases impact on the human race. Do I think there should be concern over all of this, absolutely I do but I also don’t think life has stop completely either.

    Trump can’t stand by and allow the economy to go in the tank or trust me that will be more of a disaster than the results of the coronavirus.



  6. grammarpoliceUK
    10:41 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

    Just let me say first, I’m really hoping and looking forward to a UK football season. That said, I’m on a fire service committee and have, basically, direct contact with the CDC. So think about this: influenza kills at an average rate of 0.02%. This stuff is killing at a rate of 3.1%. Yes, flu kills 20,000 to 30,000 yearly. But the CDC estimates that if this becomes as widespread as our yearly flu rates, you could be looking at 1.1 million deaths in the US alone.And millions more around the world. This stuff isn’t playing games folks. And if need be, neither should we. And to answer a few questions I’ve seen in comments on this site, you are looking at around 18 months for an effective vaccine.



    • sharpshooter81
      10:52 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

      It is not killing at a 3.1 rate right now because the global update says it is only at a 0.04 rate. Just go to Google for the global numbers for more accurate information.



  7. bbn606
    10:44 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

    Slow journalism day so let’s create some drama.



  8. grammarpoliceUK
    11:07 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

    Dang thing won’t let me reply sharpshooter. Add the numbers yourself or go to the CDC website. With the number of US infections, that would make 0.04% only around 28-30 deaths in the US. Global numbers are skewered because of countries like Iran not being truthful.



  9. Realme
    11:23 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

    No please.



  10. grammarpoliceUK
    11:32 pm March 23, 2020 Permalink

    I agree Realme. This was shaping up to be an awfully good year for our cats!



  11. BluKudzu
    5:57 am March 24, 2020 Permalink

    What you people do not understand is this is not simple Numerator vs Denominator math.

    There are Active cases which are being treated and Closed cases, where the patient has survived or died.

    As of midnight last night in the closed cases, 86% of those who were infected with Covid19 have survived. 14% have died. 80% of those that have died are 50 or older.

    There are over 250,000 active cases, these are classified as mild, and those considered critical (likely to die). These numbers change drastically, very quickly, which ultimately lead to an actual higher mortality rate than the bullshît you are fed from Fox.

    It is amazing, the universal ignorance that surfaces, when Trumpluddites make any comments.

    Please research before you communicate. You just humiliate yourself and your family if you do not.



    • shaggy
      5:35 pm March 24, 2020 Permalink

      You just wrote “14% have died” which is completely misleading in every way. Are you just fear-mongering? The US mortality rate has been tracking at 1.2% – 1.3% and trending down (as of 3/24 there are 52,966 positives, 685 deaths). Closed cases are not the priority because a “recovered case” requires two negative tests and tests are at a premium. There are far more cases in the US than being reported because of a lack of testing over the last two weeks (which means the actual mortality rate when the healthcare system is not overrun is being approximated to be in the 0.4% – 0.7% range). This is still a big deal and requires action.

      We have 4% of all positives in the ICU in the US, which is nowhere near your fear-mongering “14% have died” number. “Those considered critical” are not “likely to die”. Anyone in the ICU for COVID-19 is considered critical and over 70% of those recover.

      Stop over-reacting. Stop under-reacting. The best solution is not going to be the extremes being pushed by the vocal minorities. Pretending it isn’t a problem is a bad solution. Pretending we need to shut down the world for 18 months is a bad solution.



  12. kjd
    10:52 am March 24, 2020 Permalink

    Plenty of experts also saying scare is overblown. They just don’t get airtime. Fear controls the sheeple.



  13. BluKudzu
    12:19 pm March 24, 2020 Permalink

    Who are your experts?

    I have family in Italy that would love to know who they are. I mean, since they are employees of the State Department, assigned to monitor the Covid19 virus where they no longer test or treat people over 60 years old, because they are overwhelmed.

    What color is the ceiling in your bunker, sheep brain?

    Trump orange?



    • BluKudzu
      11:22 pm March 24, 2020 Permalink

      Shaggy.
      Just like the rest of the Trumpluddites, you have zero clue of how mortality rates are studies.
      The mortality is # of survivors vs those who died in closed cases.

      Currently the mortality rate, based on closed cases is now at 15%.

      There is also a number of open cases. They are judged as moderate or critical. Right now 96% of the open cases are considered moderate, while only 4% are critical.

      Based on previous data the WHO and the CDC predictable models say 1/4 of the current moderate cases will go to critical of those 80% will die.

      Number of deaths vs number of infected is the absolute worst way to study a pandemic.

      You have to look at closed cases, globally in a pandemic and get the correct numbers to prepare for what is coming.

      But with you and the rest of the ignorant Trumpluddites, keep listening to Rush and watching Hannity. See you in church.



  14. BluKudzu
    12:46 pm March 24, 2020 Permalink

    Here is the deal:

    The state of New York has given hospitals essentially unlimited power to increase bed capacity and all physicians including resident trainees now are allowed to work unlimited hours. Given that New York implemented physician work hour restriction in the 1980’s, long before any other state, this speaks to the dire situation there.

    One hospital went from being essentially full to having 15 patients on ventilators lining the hall of their ER with no other place to put them over the past 24 hours.

    The idea of “let’s just get infected and get this over with for the benefit of the economy” isn’t crazy on the surface. But when you dig a little deeper you realize that plan doesn’t just involve a bunch of us feeling bad and coughing for a week. It comes with:
    – rationing care (anybody who needs a ventilator over age 60 is just put in a corner to die)
    – 1000’s of deaths in each community (such that there aren’t enough body bags or morgue space)
    – potential loss of a significant portion of a community’s healthcare providers (affecting the ability to provide adequate care after the crisis)
    – 1000s of deaths in each community NOT caused by COVID-19, but caused by potentially treatable conditions that become fatal because there are no hospital beds to treat appendicitis, heart attacks, strokes, etc. (Estimates from Italy are that these deaths are similar in number to the COVID-19 deaths… or at least they were when the number of COVID-19 deaths was around 4000)

    Our leaders are stuck between rocks and hard places. Many of them will make mistakes or say/write things that aren’t optimal. I know what I think is the right thing to do and I’ll express that when possible/needed. I would encourage all of you to do the same.

    Thanks to all of you for being here. This makes “physical distancing, social connectedness” possible.