Pat Fitzgerald says B1G coaches haven't discussed football season moving to spring
Many are wondering what is next for the sport of college football.
Will all conferences go to conference-only schedules like the B1G did a week ago? Will there be a shortened season beyond that? Will there be a season at all?
What about the spring? Could college football move to the spring despite all the logistical issues that would come with that?
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was recently on Big Noon Kickoff and was asked about the possibility of the B1G moving its season to the spring.
“We have not had that conversation in the Big Ten, at least with the coaches and when we’ve had private meetings, we have not had that conversation. Our focus first was the six-week window to return to play. We’re about to embark on that here for us that are opening up Game 1 on the 24th. We just started our eight hours of summer access this past Monday. We’re able to be out at workouts for a couple of hours a day, which is great.
“The next step would be training camp. If we can get through those stages, then what’s going to be the next stage will be playing this season. Until we get to that point, we probably have to be starting and discussing the ‘what ifs.’ What if the season gets shortened? What if the season gets paused? Do we need to move it to the spring? All of those discussions will unfold.”
In short, no conversations have been had about that yet. The B1G is still working under the assumption that it needs to get to the six-week window to return to play. Then comes training camps, then comes the start of the season.
If all of that fails to occur, then maybe spring football talk will take place.
Until then, the coaches seems to be taking everything one step at a time.