Change of heart: Paul Finebaum reverses course, believes college football season will happen
After weeks of providing a gloomy outlook for the 2020 college football season, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum has had a change of heart.
During his weekly radio appearance on WJOX, Finebaum said that he now believes the college football season will be played, though it will look a little bit different.
“I think the decision is, ‘we’ll keep playing until we’re told we can’t,'” Finebaum said. “Right now, no one has said that. Quite frankly, I think the season would start today if it had to. After all this teeth-mashing and everything that has been said, I haven’t heard much from anyone to indicate that they’re not planning on playing.
“To call the season off now, I don’t think, is really very brilliant. Because you don’t know what the world looks like in six weeks. I think they all have to gamble that it gets better. And if it doesn’t, they’ll deal with it.”
For many weeks, Finebaum said his confidence level on the outlook of a college football season was diminishing. And with outbreaks of COVID-19 in certain areas of the country and specific schools being hit hard upon student-athletes returning to campus, there was a bit more of a gloom-and-doom attitude towards the season.
But with conferences making some adjustments — the B1G and Pac-12 have canceled all nonconference games — and stricter testing policies in place, there’s renewed hope that the season can continue.
When it will begin and whether or not there will be some hiccups along the way is yet to be determined.