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The 2020 College Football Season

Discussion in 'College Football' started by ScriptOhio, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Mack Brown wonders if 2020 college football season could be in jeopardy in wake of COVID-19 pandemic


    The college football season is still months away from kicking off, but the fear that the season could legitimately be in jeopardy could be growing from the coaching community.

    “There is a fear of ‘would we have a season?’ ‘Would we have a partial season?’ ‘What does a partial season mean,'” North Carolina head coach Mack Brown said in a report published by The News & Observer in North Carolina on Monday. “There is a great concern because of the remedy that comes in with football.”

    Brown, like every other football coach in the country, is currently working through this unique situation that sees football coaches trying to do as much work as possible without the ability to have any close contact with each other and players. The ACC has shut down all spring athletic activities, including spring football practices and games, and every other conference and the NCAA has enacted similar decisions in the interest of the health and safety of as many as possible As a result, the question of when things will return to normal continues to be a mystery to everyone.

    “The biggest problem is you’re not sure when it ends, and we can’t get those answers at this point.”

    And therein lies the problem. With continued updates from the nation’s top health officials and those beyond the borders beginning to suspect social distancing measures may be recommended for extended periods of time, the scenarios continue to inch close to the start of the college football season. Those concerns have been expressed around the college football world as officials and conferences must look farther down the line to see what can and cannot be done.

    Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall has discussed the possibility of the upcoming season not being able to start on time. Playing games in stadiums with no fans is certainly one option, although ADs have been quick to point out the economics of that option don’t exactly add up in anyone’s favor. This is part of the reason why some college football coaches have begun to do their part to spread the word about the urgency of this pandemic, including LSU head coach Ed Orgeron (HERE) and Texas head coach Tom Herman (HERE).

    According to NBC News, citing information and data from the World Health Organization, there have been over 35,054 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 448 confirmed deaths as of about 12:30 pm eastern on Monday (those numbers have since been updated and continue to rise).

    Week 0 is scheduled for August 29. The clock is ticking.

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  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    College football in front of no fans? Feasible but economics don’t work according to one AD


    The coronavirus has stopped college football in its tracks. Talk to anybody around the sport though, and they’ll often couch it in terms like ‘for now.’

    While most of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has been limited to the postponement or cancellation of spring ball, there’s been a lot of talk about what happens if the current state of events pushes into the fall.

    Some coaches are already making plans on the off chance that the season does getting delayed. Plans at the conference level are still being made about events in the summer but there exists the potential of things the gridiron being impacted come August and beyond. While cancelation of the 2020 season would be a catastrophic event to the entire athletics industry, there are some who will leave no stone unturned in order to get games played.

    Could that also mean quasi-European style contests in empty stadiums without fans? It’s feasible according to one SEC AD even if it doesn’t make sense on the accounting front.

    “I can’t comprehend it, especially looking at our place where you have facilities built specifically for housing these large gatherings, 100,000-plus people,” Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork told the Dallas Morning News, “and you have financing related to that based on ticket sales and advertising and suite sales and donations.

    “So the whole model rises and falls based on football. If there’s no spectators maybe we can play, but if there’s no spectators, the economics just don’t work. That’s what we have to focus on is that long-term picture.”

    The Aggies took in over $44 million in ticket sales (across all sports, but mostly football) in 2018, according to USA Today. That amounted to roughly 20% of their total revenue that year. While it may not be enough to axe something at their expensive college football program, it could lead to canceling a non-revenue sport like A&M volleyball.

    We’re still a long ways away from having to make decisions like that in this sport just yet. But the time very well may come unless the spread of the coronavirus gets under control and local authorities give the go-ahead to having large gatherings once again.

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  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  4. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    So they could lose 20% with no fans. Admittedly, that's quite a haircut and shave off the top.

    What's his revenue look like if there's $0.00 from SECN ?
    I'm guessing it's more like a lobotomy.

    With the situation being what it is, I think you just cancel all the non revenue sports for a year. That alone would bring the 20% back in line - probably make for a very profitable year given EVERYONE is using tv.
    On the other hand, maybe not for SEC... since they get what they get from ESPN. BTN would be in a good spot, though. PACN may even make more than 2 nickels for once!
  5. Illini Dylan

    Illini Dylan Junior

    I think this'll pass before then and the season will start, but if there's another wave of this in the fall like they say there could be, then we may be in trouble again.
  6. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    I'm thinking ~6mo right now. Maybe not total social distancing... but cancellation of 100k+ gatherings? Very likely.
    My guess, if a miracle drug isn't found and/or Summer doesnt kill it (praying India is indicative) ... would be a late start. Or maybe a televised-only start.
    Thump and OHSportsFan like this.
  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Start of CFB season could be affected if players can't report by July 1, Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly says


    That date, in Kelly’s mind, is still a few months away. He says that July 1 is a likely date that, if players can report to camp then, the college football season may be able to continue as planned. If not, we could see a delay in the season.

    “To me, I think July 1. If you can’t start training your football team by July 1, you’re going to need at least four weeks. Strength and conditioning coaches are going to want six. Sports medicine is probably looking at four to six weeks. I think the realistic goal here is minimum of four weeks of conditioning before you put them in camp. College football is going to be affected if we’re not playing in 90 days, in terms of the conditioning element, and getting these young men ready.”

    Athletic directors and commissioners are hoping the pandemic doesn’t creep into the college football season, as it’s the biggest revenue generator in athletics. Obviously, though, the public’s health is the top priority for government and health officials right now.

    There’s still some time, but coaches, athletic directors and commissioners seem to already be preparing for a delay in the season, if necessary.

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  8. jakenick06

    jakenick06 Junior

    That's a punchable face if there ever was one. Fuck him.
  9. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    Miami Hurricanes don’t see the problem.
  10. Onebuckfan

    Onebuckfan classof76

    scUM models predicting death and pain want next 10 seasons cancelled .
    LitlBuck likes this.
  11. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    Yeah, 6-foot social distancing creates no difficulties at Hard Rock Stadium. (And yes, believe it or not, that's the current name of the mausoleum in which the 'Canes play.) :lol:
    Jagdaddy, Mike80, colobuck79 and 4 others like this.
  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  13. Onebuckfan

    Onebuckfan classof76

    SEC will have football.,they might be in Nirvana...,4 teams in the CFP.
  14. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    I hope the shadow council meets in person in NYC every week.
    Need to do a trial run right now, just to make sure...
  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Quarantine Will Separate Disciplined Teams From Undisciplined Teams


    When it comes to today’s college football, almost every aspect of a player’s life is regimented.

    Their days start at the football facility for breakfast or workouts or meetings or practice and their nights end at the football facility with more meetings or tutoring or a late bite. In between there are classes. After, there is often somebody that just wants to go home and sleep.

    That regimen is obviously missing at the moment.

    The quarantine life that everyone is now living has players on their own. They have all been given guidelines and accountability, so the rest is up to them.

    Some college football coaches are taking measures to ensure that accountability via players sending in videos of workouts, or even having players wear devices to track their movements and levels of exertion.

    Buckeye head coach Ryan Day isn’t one of them, however.

    “I mean, there’s only so much you can do with that because of the CARA hours, so we’re very sensitive to that,” he said this week. “But there are different things that we’re doing just in terms of communication and accountability.”

    The CARA hours that Day refers to are “countable athletically related activities,” and the NCAA only permits so many in a given day or week, especially out of season.

    “But to sit there and say we’re going to monitor them through a FitBit or something like that on what they’re doing, we’re not gonna go down that road,” he said. “There’s just too many things that I think are a little dangerous in terms of the CARA hours.”

    Instead, Day is relying on his staff to communicate with the players, and he is relying on the players to do what they’ve been asked because everyone is still working towards the same goal.

    But right now, the larger concern is getting the players accustomed to their new classes.

    “At this point, guys are just kind of at their house in the first week of academics,” Day said. “All of our stuff has been moved online or virtual. So our staff has been doing a great job, our administration, we do an excellent job in terms of communicating with everybody. And I think the student-athletes are doing a really good job communicating as well.

    “They kind of live in a world right now of technology. And so I think we make sure that we have constant interaction with them. But then also their families, you know? They’re home, it’s very, very different kind of a unique norm.”

    When it comes to keeping players accountable, Day is definitely leaning on the players’ families as well. He wants Mom and Dad asking if the workouts got done, and he’s been very happy with the response so far.

    Where things go from here is still up to the players, however.

    How disciplined a team is will show over these next few months.

    “I think the accountability is at an all time high in terms of making sure that these guys are doing what they need to do,” Day said. “The older guys know what they’re supposed to do. The younger guys need a little bit more guidance. But like everyone says, character is really shown when nobody’s looking, and this is the ultimate test of that.”

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    Just sayin': Very interesting take/observation of the current situation.
    brodybuck21 and LovelandBuckeye like this.

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