College football reporter tells Paul Finebaum '75 percent chance we will not' play in fall
Everything is still a guess at this point as it relates to the 2020 college football season. The never-ending, twisting and turning roller coaster that has been the offseason continues down a path of uncertainty.
Each positive incline is followed by a pessimistic dip. And it’s left some of the sport’s most plugged-in reporters guessing about what will happen this fall.
Talking on the Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network on Friday, longtime college football reporter Brett McMurphy of Stadium said that he does not believe there will be a season this fall. He believes there are too many risks at this point, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is probably a 75% chance we will NOT play college football in the fall,” McMurphy told Finebaum. “The individuals that make these decisions are university presidents, and these people are usually not risk-takers.”
Some conferences have already taken steps towards revising the season to give its league a better chance to play football in the fall. The B1G announced it would shift to a league-only schedule in 2020, and the Pac-12 followed that same path.
Specifics on the schedules for the upcoming season have not been released from either league at this time.
While there seemed to be a lot of optimism regarding the outlook of a football season back in June, it’s started to look bleaker by the day. Spiking cases of COVID-19 in parts of the country have prompted more concern over the health and safety of student-athletes.
Already, four B1G programs have stopped workouts — Michigan State, Ohio State, Maryland and Indiana. On Friday, Michigan State announced that its entire football team would be forced to quarantine for 14 days after a second staff member tested positive for the virus.
More decisions about the upcoming season are expected to come at the end of the month, or even in August.