A lot of high-profile college football media members have been cautiously optimistic about having season in the fall. With so much uncertainty in regards to the ongoing pandemic, it’s been difficult to forecast when sports could return, especially at the college level.
However, SEC Network and radio host Paul Finebaum appears to be increasingly optimistic about the college football season returning this fall. The most popular radio voice in the South said that recent comments from West Virginia University President Gordon Gee have him more optimistic about the 2020 season.
“What President Gee said is the most significant moment of the push to get college football back,” Finebaum said during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up. “Because until now, all we’ve heard is, well what if? The feeling was that the whole thing would get shut down like it was back in March. What Gee is saying is we can’t be fearful. I’ve heard that from coaches … it’s extremely important. Yes, you have to have a plan. But the season doesn’t begin for another three months. I think they will have a plan. But the big plan they have to have is ‘what happens if.’ If they can implement that, then I think we’re going to have college football, and we’re going to have it in a big way.”
Gee has recently said he’s confident that there will be a football season in the fall, even if it means he has to “suit up.” While there’s a good chance things look a little different that we’re used to seeing, Gee believes momentum is heading in a positive direction.
As states begin to slowly reopen and professional sports make a gradual reappearance, the momentum for a college football season continues to build. There could still be changes to the number of games, travel or perhaps schedule format, but some version of the sport is absolutely better than no football at all.