As we all search for signs that football will return in the fall, it’s worth mentioning that the Ivy League, the first conference to cancel its basketball tournament at the start of the pandemic, is considering punting to the spring.
According to Adam Zagoria, on July 8, the Ivy League will likely announce plans to move fall sports to the spring, including football.
“If I was placing a bet, I think it’s 98 percent, 99 percent likely that this thing is moving to the spring for the fall sports based on everything I’ve heard,” one Ivy League source said.
Earlier today, TMG Sports reported that the Ivy League was considering two scenarios: a delayed start in late September and a spring season beginning in April, both schedules only seven games long and against conference opponents. Shortly after, the conference issued this statement on Twitter:
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— The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) July 1, 2020
Of course, Ivy League football is different than SEC football. Not only is there a giant difference in revenue, Ivy League athletes did not report to campus for summer workouts like other conferences and due to the proximity of their institutions, can bus their athletes to games instead of worrying about flying, and only play 10 games instead of 12.
Still, we all made fun of the Ivy League when they canceled their conference tournament back in March. Considering the surge in cases across the country, maybe we should listen now.