Desmond Howard says B1G made right call in postponing football season
While the B1G continues to face extreme criticism for its decision to postpone the football season, ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard believes it was the right thing to do.
Over a week ago, the league made the difficult decision to postpone fall football due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties that continue to linger. Although the conference did not provide much information on the decision, many are still debating whether it was the correct one to make.
Howard says he believes the smart choice was to postpone until a later date.
“I support the decision. When you look at the medical information, you look at the statistics, you look at the numbers — I could see this coming,” Howard said. “Before this decision came down the pipeline, there were rumors about this decision because the MAC made the same, exact decision.
“When you look at it geographically, the MAC schools are in the same region, the same part of the country as the B1G schools. And the MAC made that decision based on overwhelming evidence that they got from their medical experts. So, you just connect the dots.”
Players, parents and coaches have come out publicly and criticized the league’s decision, saying they had very little input in the matter. That, along with the lack of transparency, has resulted in severe backlash for commissioner Kevin Warren and the B1G’s presidents.
Still, Howard thinks that player safety was made a priority by the league.
“I do think the safety and health of the student-athletes is the primary goal and it’s the thing that drove this decision,” Howard said. “So, I do support it.”
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