Last week everybody we talked to or heard in interviews on the national scene fully expects some sort of college football this season, but nobody knows what it will look like.
Sports Illustrated, citing numerous sources said over the weekend the NCAA Division I Council, a 40-member decision-making body made up of key college athletics figures, could vote Wednesday to remove the ban on on-campus activities.
Add in the encouraging news about a possible vaccine (that will be fast-tracked in what could be an unbelievable record time) caused the stock market to shoot up Monday and announcements on college athletics coming this week.
The NCAA has their meeting Wednesday, then the SEC has already said they will have an announcement of some sort Friday.
There was always going to be football in the fall. It’s too big to fail and a lot of colleges can’t afford NOT to have it.
Schools are going to have to re-design just about everything in their athletic facilities. Thank goodness it’s somebody else’s job to reconfigure a weight room.
Locker rooms will be not be used as normal … at least in the summer. There’s no sharing of water bottles, towels or anything like that. It’s all going to be spaced out … at least in theory.
All food and drinks will be pre-packaged.
There is even a thing called a RAZOR, according to a story in Sports Illustrated, that is like a fogger on steroids for athletic environments.
In other words everything indoors will be fogged with one of those RAZOR things, which does create an interesting marketing angle for the Hogs.
It’s one of the things that was originally created to help stem flu outbreaks and this current virus works in much the same way in terms of how you get it.
Despite the panic doom-and-gloom predictions of some, there is a strong possibility of football starting on time and playing a full schedule.
Don’t expect it to be equal for all 130 teams, though. Too many different rules in different states and it’s sounding like the ones in states that allow it will go full steam ahead while others, well, won’t.
“It’s not going to be equitable,” Craig Thompson, commissioner of the Mountain West, told Sports Illustrated last week. “There are no equal solutions.”
The key thing, though, is there probably will be football.