Report: Illinois State AD says no talk about opener vs. Illinois being 'in jeopardy'
While there are still a lot of uncertainties swirling around the 2020 college football season, it seems that conversations about cancelling or postponing the season-opening weekend — at least for two Illinois teams — is not on the table just yet.
On Monday, Randy Reinhardt of The Pantagraph reported that Illinois State Athletic Director Larry Lyons had not discussed moving the season-opening game against Illinois, currently scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4. The game will be played at Memorial Stadium.
“There has been no discussion that game is in jeopardy,” Lyons told Reinhardt.
Illinois State AD Larry Lyons on the Sept. 4 football season opener at Illinois: “There has been no discussion that game is in jeopardy.”
— Randy Reinhardt (@Pg_Reinhardt) June 29, 2020
No decisions on the college football season have been made at that time. With a surge in cases in certain states across the country, there seems to be potential for a possible delay to the season or a cancellation to a handful of non-conference games this fall.
But, for right now, the season opener between the Redbirds and Fighting Illini is still on.
The first games of the college football season in 2020 are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29. The B1G season will kick off the following weekend, beginning on Thursday, Sept. 3 with Minnesota hosting Florida Atlantic.