'Can we trust coaches to be honest?': Paul Finebaum weighs in on possibility of college football season
While the momentum for a college football season once appeared to be headed in the right direction, it appears we’re falling back into uncertainty. Even though we’re less than three months from the first kickoff, starting the season is far from a guarantee.
Questions have started looming over the past few weeks, as student-athletes have started to return to campus. With handfuls of players testing positive for COVID-19, there are some serious concerns as to whether or not a full season — or one at all — can be played at all in 2020.
Joining the Dan Patrick Show this week, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum was asked if the people in college football would be willing to push back the start of the 2020 season. Finebaum said it’s a possibility, but that it could potentially be more dangerous than starting on time.
“College football people will start it whenever they have to start it, they don’t care,” Finebaum said. “But the problem with that is that it’s a 15-week season under normal circumstances, and if you started then, you’re really at a more dangerous time of the year for not only COVID, but the flu. That’s the peak of the flu season.”
Concerns started circulating again when certain states across the country began seeing spikes in the number of coronavirus cases. The same has been seen on certain college campuses, too.
Houston had six individuals test positive and shortly after, Texas had 13 student-athletes test positive. On Friday, Clemson reported that 28 student-athletes and staff members tested positive for the virus.
While schools are following proper guidelines and protocols to stop the spread, Finebaum isn’t so sure coaches and universities will take proper measures if a player tests positive during the season. That could be the biggest issue this fall.
“I don’t know. I think they’re going to try. I had a person tell me — this is how crazy this is — I had a person tell me that some coaches are hoping that all these players will get it so maybe they won’t get it again and you can have the season,” Finebaum said. “But can we trust college coaches to be honest about these tests once we get back to the season. You talk about getting ready for the Ohio State-Michigan game, the Alabama-Auburn game, the Georgia-Florida game, are coaches going to say ‘I’m sorry, my star player tested positive, I’m going to quarantine him and the offensive line. College football is ripe with lying and cheating and fraudulence and deception and I don’t think this would be any different.”
Currently, the 2020 college football season is scheduled to begin on Aug. 29 with Week 0. The following weekend will be the opening week for most programs at the FBS level. There has been no final decision made on the outlook of the 2020 season.
Earlier this week, Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel told reporters that he believes a decision will come in late June or early July.
.@FineBaum thinks College Football will push back their season until whenever it has to. But the problem with that is it could end up starting in the middle of Flu Season.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) June 20, 2020