Arizona president provides gloomy outlook on potential to have college football in fall
University of Arizona President Robert Robbins is the latest to chime in on the outlook for having college athletics return this fall, and he painting a fairly gloomy picture.
In a radio interview on KVOI-AM on Thursday, Robbins said he’s not convinced that college football will be able to proceed as schedule with the ongoing pandemic continuing to affect the country. However, he did say that he is anticipating seeing students return to campus for fall classes.
“My sense is right now, I just don’t see that happening,” Robbins said about the possibility of Arizona having a fall football season.
Arizona president Robert C. Robbins tells KVOI-AM “my sense is right now, I just don’t see that happening (Arizona playing football in the fall)” even though he said UA is planning on having in-person classes for fall semester in August
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One of the main arguments for a return to college football in the fall has been that students will need to be permitted back on campus. So, if campus is full for the fall semester, it would seem increasingly likely that a college football season could continue as planned.
The one caveat is the fact that players, coaches, staff and fans would be traveling across the country, which could be an issue in transmitting COVID-19 and spreading a “second wave” of the virus. While that hasn’t been discussed much, it could be a factor in whether or not the sport returns in the fall.
Decision-makers are creating contingency plans for the football season currently, with all hoping that the season can continue as planned.