A former university president doesn’t believe that the college football season will be played unless there’s a vaccine for coronavirus by July.
On Friday, former Kansas State University President Jon Wefald was on the Paul Finebaum Show and was asked about the potential outlook for the 2020 college football season. Wefald’s response was grim, saying that if there is no vaccine for COVID-19 by July, it’s unlikely we’ll have college football.
“We’re on a track right now that makes it highly unlikely that we’re going to play football this year,” Wefald told the Paul Finebaum Show.
"We are on a track right now that makes it highly unlikely that we are going to play football this year" – Jon Wefald, former President Kansas State University pic.twitter.com/83DpXLMX9o
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 3, 2020
Wefald’s comments are somewhat aligned with what Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said while talking with reporters earlier this week. She told the media that student-athletes would need to resume team activities and return to campus 60 days before the first game in order to not delay the season. That timeline would suggest between July 1 and July 7 that players need to be back on campus.
Barbour did not go as far as to talk about a vaccine or the cancellation of the season, however.
Some are still holding onto hope that the college football season still kicks off in the fall, and on time. In reality, though, nobody knows what will happen by the time September rolls around. But July appears to be a deadline to get something figured out.