Chris Fowler says one idea gaining steam for 2020 college football season
ESPN play-by-play voice and longtime college football personality Chris Fowler wanted to weigh in on the outlook of the college football season. Based on some “informed speculation,” he says that there is one idea that is gaining a lot of steam that will see the upcoming season played during the 2020-21 academic year.
Fowler took to Instagram Live recently to discuss the three options the college football decision-makers are considering for the 2020 season. The first, and the most optimistic, is that the season starts on time without any hiccups. The voice of the ABC Game of the Week doesn’t feel like that is going to happen.
The second option would be delaying the season slightly, perhaps until October or November, before starting. But it was the third idea that Fowler says is getting a lot more consideration, based on his “informed speculation.”
“There’s a scenario that’s gaining momentum that, on the surface might sound preposterous, but I think reasonable people feel like it might be the most prudent course of action, and that’s football in the spring,” Fowler said. “Beginning at sometime in February, into March, April, May, maybe have the postseason in June. It would be bizarre. It would wreak havoc on some other sports in that time of year, but to avoid the financial disaster of having no football in the academic year, I think it might be a fall back position.”
Hosting a college football season in the spring would present plenty of problems. It would conflict with the NCAA March Madness tournament, as well as other spring sports. It would also interfere with the NFL Draft process and limit the amount of time between the end of the 2020 season and the start of the 2021 campaign.
It might be a last resort for those decision-makers, but it may have to be done if the season can’t begin in the fall. Below is a link to Fowler’s video:
We are 20 Saturdays from scheduled #CFB openers. How likely is an on time season? What other scenarios are being weighed? When will we know more? Many questions. Few answers. But here’s a link to my “informed speculation 🤷🏻♂️ @ESPNCFB @espn #collegefootball https://t.co/RTGmUbV31u
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 11, 2020