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The Roadmap to College Football in the Fall

What needs to happen for college football to take place this fall? Matt Jones spent yesterday talking to people involved in making those decisions and detailed the three necessary steps towards kickoff on this morning’s Kentucky Sports Radio.

1. Gyms/fitness centers open — This has already happened in a number of states across the South and will happen in Kentucky on June 1.

2. The SEC allows players on campus this summer — Most schools in the SEC are planning to reopen campuses to students this fall, but the big sign that football season may begin on time is whether or not players are allowed on campus during the summer to train. Currently, the SEC has suspended team activities/meetings through May 31. There was a report earlier today that the league’s presidents and chancellors would vote on allowing players on campus in June next week, but that has since been backtracked, with a date for the vote still to be determined. [Update: A date!]

Another factor to keep in mind: if players are allowed on campus this summer to train, they will need to stay in the same dormitory/controlled area to minimize the potential spread of the virus. For the basketball team, which already has a separate living space at the Wildcat Coal Lodge, this is easy; however, accommodations will need to be made for other teams like football, women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball, etc. Good thing UK has a lot of dorms.

3. Power 5 conferences come up with plans to start the season — According to the people Matt spoke with, the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) would prefer to start football season at the same time. For that to happen, the governors and university presidents from each state and school in each conference will have to agree when the season will start, and, whether or not fans can be in the stands, most likely in a limited capacity (e.g., 10,000 fans in each stadium). Even if the stadium is 20% full, that’s revenue that each school will gladly take.

The wildcard in all of this? The PAC-12. Will other California schools like UCLA, Cal, USC, and Stanford follow Cal State’s decision to not allow students on campus this fall? Even if they don’t, if the PAC-12 decides they don’t want fans in the stands until January, the rest of the Power 5 could agree to do the same.

You can hear the entire conversation during the first part of hour one in today’s podcast:

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for The Roadmap to College Football in the Fall

  1. gobble gobble
    1:55 pm May 14, 2020 Permalink

    Not happening…

  2. gobble gobble
    1:56 pm May 14, 2020 Permalink

    Quit getting people’s hopes up… just not happening

  3. T-Town Cat
    2:17 pm May 14, 2020 Permalink

    Why should the rest of the Power 5 conferences be held hostage to what the California schools – who won’t be a factor in the Playoffs – decide to do? What if they don’t return to school in January?

    • makeitstop
      10:59 am May 15, 2020 Permalink

      If California schools don’t want to participate they don’t have to… let their kids transfer. Those nuts could decide at any time football is just “too dangerous, too violent, too exploitive” or whatever crazy reason they hatch up to dump on American culture. Meanwhile the rest of the country keeps putting one foot in front of the other like we always do, like we did during every pandemic since the Spanish Flu. U don’t want to come out and play? Don’t. U don’t want to come out and watch? Don’t. We’re making this way harder than it needs to be.

  4. Grazilla
    2:40 pm May 14, 2020 Permalink

    We got this.

  5. Mc12
    2:44 pm May 14, 2020 Permalink

    We still have 6-72 months to bend the curve

    3:25 pm May 14, 2020 Permalink

    Aside from whatever anyone thinks SHOULD happen, this is America, and $ speaks louder than anything else. Too much economic downside for sports to not happen. Maybe it’s delayed, but I’d guess not by much. Its not like there is a definitive end in sight and the world has to go on.

  7. CatManDo
    8:36 am May 15, 2020 Permalink

    What will be safer about sports (players and fans) starting in January than sports starting in September? I realize you need time before the season starts for conditioning, practice, class/school prep, logistics, etc.
    I am just talking about how it will actually be safer to participate and attend. We most likely won’t have a vaccine, and if we do, it won’t work for everyone – just like the flu vaccine.
    This is not a pro or con comment, just an honest question.

    • makeitstop
      11:10 am May 15, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe herd immunity? You know we can all remember bouts of the flu rolling through the roster during flu season, knocks guys out for a game or two or slows them down. If anything, I bet we cut down on that in the future with more awareness of containment and sanitizing, sterilizing etc. When u have a bunch of guys that close, viruses spread, they always have and Sept or January isn’t going to change that. But as a risk? The death rate among school age 10-19 kids in NYC, with a big pool of data to draw from, is .0004. If ur in a nursing home, elderly, obese, have diabetes or heart disease, u make up 96% of the mortality rate, and zero percent of a college roster. Someone will get sick – it’s just math – but they’ll get just as sick locked up at home or contained to their old neighborhood on diets that aren’t supervised and facilities that aren’t as clean, where doctors don’t attend them every day. Where are they safer? At UK.

  8. secrick
    9:05 am May 15, 2020 Permalink

    Play football and stop the madness. If you don’t want to come to the game stay home.

  9. UKrailbird
    9:50 am May 15, 2020 Permalink

    This is a no-brainer. If you are a president of a college/university, governor of a state, commissioner of a conference, or a fan that does not want to participate…stay home. For those that do wish to participate, institute whatever safety precautions reasonable, and let’s play some football! Most programs can find replacements for any “no-shows” that may arise on their schedule. I am relatively certain that the SEC programs will all participate and will have no issue in at least completing their conference schedules.

    Are you ready for some football?????

  10. Heavy C
    9:56 am May 15, 2020 Permalink

    The truth is, at this point no one has a foolproof conception because there isnt one. The models that have been used, and come up Woefully wrong, have gone a long way toward causing people to scoff at the seriousness of this, and its obvious a very serious virus. And of course like everything else in this country, its turned into a purely political situation. But know this…..If this country has to remain locked down for the period that some of these people are claiming(always a agenda in play)than this country is Screwed and that’s a fact. The only way some of these questions are going to be answered is by starting somewhere. And that’s a fact.