One ESPN analyst believes chances of CFB season starting on time 'decreasing by the day'
There’s still a lot of uncertainty about the upcoming college football season. The decision makers at the highest level are preparing for a variety of different scenarios, but are waiting to make any sort of call until it’s absolutely necessary.
As each passing day goes by, however, at least one ESPN analyst believes the likelihood of the college football season starting on time gets slimmer.
ESPN’s Heather Dinich recently joined Get Up to talk about the state of college football entering fall 2020. She doesn’t believe that there’s a very good chance that the season will start as planned.
“As for actually playing a season in the fall, I think that the likelihood is decreasing with each day that passes by,” Dinich said. “I think the commissioners realize that as well and that’s why they’re looking at the possibility of a shortened season, conference-only games. We’ll see what happens, but they are preparing for everything.”
Opinions on the matter of starting on time seem to be split at this time. Some college presidents are preparing to host on-campus classes in the fall, which would likely allow NCAA athletics to return to those schools. Others are planning for the potential to have online-only classes come fall semester.
Dinich said that varying rules for conferences, schools and states could pose a problem.
“I talked to TCU Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati yesterday and he said that while it’s an ambitious goal to reopen simultaneously, he said it’s probably not realistic,” Dinich said. “It’s not just state-by-state differences, it’s also within conferences. I mean, could you guys imagine if Ohio State could practice and Michigan couldn’t? Or Alabama could practice and LSU couldn’t?”
Commissioners, presidents, athletic directors and others are targeting a late May or early June decision date for the upcoming college football season, though it could be pushed back later if necessary. Right now, there are still no real answers on what the 2020 season will look like.