Paul Finebaum says it will be 'survival of the fittest' in college football this year
With each day that passes, there seems to be growing momentum that college football will be played during the 2020 season. What that could look like, however, is still a bit of a question mark.
This year, more than any other, will see a gap widen between the haves and have nots in college football, according to SEC Network host Paul Finebaum.
On Tuesday, Finebaum joined ESPN’s Outside the Lines to talk about the progress made towards the college football season. One of the topics of discussion centered around schools planning to test student-athletes throughout the course of summer workouts, fall camp and the season while on campus.
Because of the approximated cost to do as much testing as necessary, Finebaum believes the 2020 season will be “survival of the fittest” when it comes to finances and performance.
“I’m always reluctant to quote [Charles] Darwin on sports programs but I think this is going to be the survival of the fittest,” Finebaum said on Outside the Lines. “The best programs, the biggest — the Alabamas, the Clemsons, the Notre Dames, the Ohio States — are going to be able to deal with this much better than the second- and third-tier [programs]. Because those smaller schools don’t have money. This is going to be very expensive.
“I still have not heard anyone explain how they are going to do [conduct the testing].”
With college football generating so much revenue for athletic departments, conference commissioner, school presidents and athletic directors have been coming up with multiple contingency plans to ensure the season is played this year in some way, shape or form.
Significant progress has already been made. The NCAA lifted its moratorium on voluntary team activities beginning June 1. A handful of schools have announced that they will welcome student-athletes back on campus around that time, as well.
Still, there are plenty of questions regarding what the season will look like and how student-athletes will be cared for if they’re diagnosed with COVID-19 while on campus. Finebaum’s concerns is just one of many things athletic directors and school presidents will have to continue to work through in the coming weeks and months.
Below is the full clip of Finebaum’s comments on OTL:
.@finebaum thinks this upcoming #CollegeFootball season will be survival of the fittest as programs grapple with returning after COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/udH1Agqx6o
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) May 26, 2020