Will we have college football in 2020? Paul Finebaum says his optimism is below 50 percent
A little over a month ago, Paul Finebaum was like the rest of us. With COVID-19 cases seemingly decreasing across the country, it appeared as though the college football season would continue on as scheduled with maybe some tweaks to attendance limitations this fall.
In early July, everything has changed. The SEC Network host and ESPN analyst is now less optimistic than ever about a season being played this fall.
Friday, Finebaum joined ESPN’s Get Up to discuss his confidence level of having college football this year. The optimism level of the longtime college football personality is under 50 percent.
“A couple of weeks ago there was a train of positivity. ‘We’re going to start. We’re going to have full stadiums.’ Nobody believes that anymore,” Finebaum said. “In communicating with people around college football last night and today, there is an extreme nervousness, not about getting to the end of the season but getting to the beginning of it.”
Right now, Finebaum says the decision-makers are keeping a close eye on these voluntary workouts occurring on campus, as well as positive test results for COVID-19.
Already, some schools have been forced to halt those voluntary workouts on campus. That’s leading Finebaum to believe that the season is in serious jeopardy.
“I think it’s below 50 percent [the season will happen],” Finebaum said. “That’s realistic. It could change. I don’t see it going up. I think the spikes around the country are scaring administrators.”
Finebaum also said that the Ivy League’s decision on the football season — which is scheduled to be determined on July 8 — could have a huge impact on how the FBS level moves forward.
“If they decide to table the fall, which most people believe they will and maybe try it in spring, it is going to reverberate around college football,” he said. “Then, I think you’re going to hear a lot more about ‘Can we make this work in spring.’ That’s a whole other debate.
“College football is in peril right now.”
"It's below 50% right now [on whether a college football season is played]. … College football is in peril right now."
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) July 3, 2020