Report: College football official says there's '50-50' shot that 2020 season happens
Momentum towards having a college football season in 2020 may have hit a bump this week. At least one college football official says that the chances of having a season this fall is still a coin flip.
Wednesday afternoon, Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reported that a high-ranking college football official says the season is far from a guarantee. In fact, he gives the season just a 50-50 chance of happening, not just on time but at all.
“Someone high up in college athletics just tole me it’s 50-50 — at best — that college f[oot]ball is played,” Greenstein wrote on Twitter. “And the concept that large crowds come to games is ridiculous.”
Someone high up in college athletics just told me it's 50-50 — at best — that college fball is played. And the concept that large crowds come to games is ridiculous.
A slimmer sked — 10 games in 10 weeks? — could help.
— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) June 17, 2020
Greenstein also noted that a trimmed down schedule could help the season.
Those comments counter everything that has been stated and occurred since the start of June. Schools have permitted student-athletes to return to campus in a phased setting, and athletic directors have discussed limiting stadium capacities from 20 percent to 50 percent of a venue’s actual capacity.
Several B1G programs have already welcomed football players back to campus, as well as men’s and women’s basketball players.
As of right now, there have been no official decisions made on the upcoming college football season. With less than three months until kickoff is scheduled to begin, school presidents, conference commissioners, athletic directors and even state governors will have to make decisions soon.