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Yahoo Sports: “Hope is being vanquished” for football in the fall

After another record weekend of coronavirus cases in America, confidence in college football happening this fall continues to dwindle. Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel just published a particularly bleak article on the matter featuring quotes from Power 5 coaches, athletic directors, and high ranking officials. Under the cloak of anonymity, all said that the prospect of football this fall is a pipe dream.

“Ultimately, no one is playing football in the fall,” said a high-ranking college official. “It’s just a matter of how it unfolds. As soon one of the ‘autonomy five’ or Power Five conferences makes a decision, that’s going to end it.”

“I hope I’m wrong, but I think the season being canceled is a foregone conclusion,” a Power Five coach told Yahoo Sports on Sunday.

Well, that’s just swell. What makes college football so improbable? Thamel says there are just too many variables to control, especially with a virus that we still don’t fully understand.

College football remains a four-touchdown underdog, thanks to individual campuses, academic requirements and the inability to take 13,000 FBS players and put them in a bubble. If the NBA’s ability to play in a bubble that reportedly costs $150 million is being regarded as tenuous, the chances of college football being played in some recognizable form in the fall are similar to attempting to keep a candle lit while walking 10 miles in a hurricane.

Sigh. To read the rest, head on over to Yahoo Sports.

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25 Comments for Yahoo Sports: “Hope is being vanquished” for football in the fall

  1. lizard king
    2:05 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    Well that sucks

  2. lexslamman
    2:08 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    No football outdoors means there’s little hope for indoor sports before 1/1/21.

  3. BigBluSoTru
    2:13 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    So when is Mitch going to speak up and show them the protocol we are using ? It’s a no brainer that what Stoops and his staff had the players do to keep them healthy and covo free it’s the idea protocol to follow.

  4. ScoggDog
    2:13 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    What college and pro sports will find – and this will shock them – is how easily the public that yearns for entertainment moves on.

    We’re going to look back, ten years from now, and laugh at this big arenas.

  5. DelrayCat
    2:21 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    The only chance will be to play crowd-less. The big 5 conferences can still make out quite well on the TV money alone. The question will be how teams deal with COVID-positive tests during the year.

    • satcheluk
      3:39 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed! It would seem they could renegotiate TV deals for more money, since no one can go to the games. One would expect much higher ratings.

  6. CahillsCrossingNT
    2:32 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    It’s for the best that there’s no football. Why take a chance? Just wait until a vaccine is developed.

    • sharpshooter81
      4:37 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

      An effective and fairly safe vaccine being developed could also turn out to be a “real pipe dream”.

    • Soylentbeans
      7:00 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

      Sharpshooter…it’s been a pipe dream for a long time already.

  7. lexslamman
    2:39 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    Crowdless sports suck. Just try for next year.

  8. lexslamman
    2:43 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    Is anyone really okay with them wasting all of these Covid tests on athletes when there’s clearly a demand for more of them in states, towns and communities?

  9. UKinIN
    3:06 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    This doesn’t stick to the theme of the other comments, but am I the only one not surprised that such a downer of an article cane from Thamel?

  10. chris43
    3:29 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    It blows! No sports! No entertainment! Does the boredom ever end?!?

  11. DOCUK18
    3:34 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    What a complete joke. Can’t believe some people are actually buying this crap. What a shame.

    • satcheluk
      3:41 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

      What was stated that we shouldn’t buy? Those are opinions given by people who would know.

  12. BackHomeInKY
    3:40 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    No surprise. Fear of trial lawyers and class-action suits.

  13. Tej
    3:51 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    Just maybe it’s concern for the safety of the players, coaches, and fans.

  14. jaws2
    4:34 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    I’m curious as to when it be be acceptable to play sports with fans in the stands or do anything without so called protection. This ‘virus’ is NEVER going to go away, much like every covid virus. If we had a vaccine tomorrow it would not prevent people from contracting it or dying from it; much like the flu. With the extensive testing being done today there’s obviously more reported cases. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out. The DEATH rate from this is dropping like a lead weight in water. So why all of sudden end anything you’re doing? So from the chicken little crowd, what’s acceptable? A death rate of 60,000 a year like the flu? Or 35-45,000 a year. Zero? What’s the magic number to appease you?

    • sharpshooter81
      4:44 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

      @jaws2–I couldn’t agree with you more!!! We can not hide or out run this virus. It is most likely here for the foreseeable future and having a vaccine that Dr. Fauci said is most likely only going to be around 60% effective if it is effective at all. That is the same percentage the flu vaccine is today. So, when do we learn to live with the virus in our daily lives because it is looking like we are going to have to do that very thing. Why not now?

    • njcat
      9:53 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

      Death is not the only seriously health effect from this thing. Many people end up recovering but with significant organ damage – especially in the lungs. Once scar tissue builds up it does permanent damage which can only be resolved with a transplant. And those my friend are no piece of cake.

  15. neilbert
    4:47 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    Has anything been said about season ticket refunds?

  16. lizard king
    5:14 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    Thanks China!

  17. WhitakerBankShot22
    5:55 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

    So if we have limited capacity in the stadium, all fans wearing masks and all players wearing the new face-shields on the helmets, why can’t we play?

    • WhitakerBankShot22
      5:57 pm July 13, 2020 Permalink

      *Forgot to include…players who test positive have to sit out until they have a negative test, if too many players test positive then the team has to forfeit or if it’s all conference only games then there is maybe a chance to re-schedule at a later point

    • satcheluk
      10:12 am July 14, 2020 Permalink

      Because it takes a lot of money, up front, to put on a game, plus add all the extra expenses for COVID. Now the season gets cancelled and the school has already spent millions that they cannot recoup when money is as tight as it has ever been. It’s called risk analysis.