All sports fans can do right now is wait, but knowing how long they have to wait can help ease the anticipation.
In a letter published to the school’s website on Friday afternoon, South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner unveiled his hopes for a proposal regarding the upcoming college football season: early August is the goal for a communicated plan.
“At this point, we do not know what the 2020 football season will look like. Our goal is to communicate the plan for the season in early August,” Tanner’s letter read. “We want to be able to gather as much information as possible, working with the SEC office and the member institutions before any decisions are made.”
— Gamecock Athletics (@GamecocksOnline) June 26, 2020
It wasn’t even a week ago that Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey came out and said his hopes were to know the fate of college football by late July. Tanner’s estimation pushes that timeline back just a bit, however, both Sankey and Tanner are under the firm belief that college football will happen this fall, it’s just a matter of how.
“These are challenging, and, yes, agonizing times,” Tanner continued in the letter. “As a coach and administrator, my vow is to provide student-athletes with the resources to compete at the highest level, whether it be in their sports, in the classroom, in the community, or in life.
“As your Athletics Director, I am taking part in regular meetings with President Caslen and campus planning groups as well as Commissioner Sankey and the Southeastern Conference ADs. These groups have the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans are the most important pieces of the puzzle. We all want to get you the best and most accurate information as soon as we can as we move forward with challenging and difficult decisions.”
Tanner made it clear in his statement that “A return to normal will not happen this fall. We are trying to determine what the new ‘normal’ will be.” and a major part of that is figuring out the safest and most realistic way to maneuver through a global pandemic.
And the wait continues…