The closer we get to the summer months, the closer we get to the college football season. However, what that season will look like, is still anyone’s guess.
At one time, conference commissioners were claiming that without students returning to campus, there would be no football, In the weeks since, they have started to back off of that stance, according to a report from Stadium’s Brett McMurphy..
“Going to class in an online sense is satisfactory,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told Stadium. “There’s room for that to happen. School has to be in session, student-athletes have to be going to class.”
“Given the circumstances, you may have varying situations of what an open campus means, what a new normal means” ACC commissioner John Swofford said. “That’s part of identifying all the different questions. There are a lot of possibilities and hypotheticals that will be answered in due time as needed.”
With each part of the country being affected differently by the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, a consensus is starting to form that conferences will play football in some way, even if all their member schools can’t participate.
John Swofford, Bob Bowlsby, and ACC commissioner Mike Aresco all told Stadium, that if a majority of their conferences can play, there will indeed be a football season, even if a handful of schools can’t.
“I suspect if the majority of schools can play, then they should play,” said Swofford of the ACC. “It’s on our radar. We’ll cross that bridge later. Hopefully we won’t be in that situation.”
“It’s not practical to make everyone wait and not play just because of one school in one vicinity,” added Bowlsby. “It’s not inconceivable at all that they could be playing in the Big Ten and not the Pac-12, or we’re playing in the Big 12 and they’re not playing in the SEC. Conferences will work together, but we’re not pledged to be in lockstep.”
Seeing as we are still more than two months away from the scheduled start of fall practice, nothing is set in stone, nor should it be. There’s to much changing with each passing week, and what holds true today, may not hold true two weeks from now.