Jay Bilas says Mark Emmert, NCAA have 'no say' on college football season
Jay Bilas is downplaying the amount of influence Mark Emmert and the NCAA have in determining whether the 2020 college football season will be played.
On Sunday, Bilas joined ESPN’s SportsCenter to talk about Emmert’s recent comments about the upcoming college football season. The NCAA president stated that it wouldn’t be possible for teams to have a season if schools were not allowing students back on campus for the fall semester.
According to Bilas, Emmert’s comments are just an opinion. When it comes to potentially having a season, the ESPN analyst says the president will have no say.
“You have to remember, the NCAA office in Indianapolis has no say over football,” Bilas said, according to 247Sports. “And the SEC or the B1G, if they feel like they are safe enough to play football, they’re playing football and the NCAA is not going to be able to stop it.
“I think the issue will ultimately be what does an open campus mean? You know, can you have some students on campus, but not all? Does it have to be back to normal, whatever normal will be? I think we’re going to see these universities do everything they can — in a safe manner — but if they can play football, they’re playing because it is that much money and everybody knows it.”
With so much uncertainty regarding the pandemic, there have been several contingency ideas discussed about the upcoming season. One of those has been allowing conferences to decide whether or not they’ll have a season, adjusting the schedules if necessary.
No decisions about the season have been made at this point, but many expect announcements to come later this month or in early June. By then, there may be enough information available to start planning for the fall.