Urban Meyer on B1G spring season: 'That conversation is gonna have to stop'
Urban Meyer isn’t changing his mind on a spring football season in the B1G.
Throughout the summer and now into fall months, Meyer has been opposed to the idea of playing football in the spring, even with a canceled fall schedule. He believes that’s attempting to play too many games in such a short period of time, and goes against the idea of player safety.
Even though it appears the B1G is entertaining some sort of spring football model — potentially aligning with the Pac-12 — Meyer said that conversation needs to be put to rest.
“I’m still very opposed to spring. Spring won’t happen. I don’t see any probability of actually having a spring season,” Meyer told Big Ten Network. “I’ve talked to many colleagues and the reality is that you would have to change the following 2021 season and the chance of putting two seasons in one calendar year — that conversations is gonna have to stop because that won’t happen.”
What Meyer isn’t entirely against is the idea of starting in the winter months, potentially January or February. However, he doesn’t think that the quality would be up to B1G standard because several great players would opt out.
“The one that’s interesting is January, February, a shortened season, but I think Nick Saban said it best — that might become a JV type of outfit,” Meyer said. “That means that the great players who have actually earned the right to go play professional football won’t play. And I can understand that, as well.”
Many rumors are floating around about when the B1G could start its season. October 10 has been an idea, Thanksgiving weekend is a target and several weekends in January have also been considered.
At this time, though, the B1G has not provided any clarity on what it’s goal is to reinstate the college football season.
"The chance of putting two seasons in one calendar year, that conversation's gonna have to stop, because that won't happen."@CoachUrbanMeyer offers his thoughts on B1G football schedule options.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 3, 2020