P.J. Fleck on the hopes of a college football season: 'I think there is nobody that knows exactly what is going to happen'
Everybody is guessing right now. When it comes to the questions about when sports will return, and whether or not we’ll have a college football season, there is no definite answer.
As much as we’d like to be able to forecast what is going to happen in the coming weeks and months with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no guarantees. Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck is one of many who acknowledges that.
Recently, Fleck spoke with Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press in an a question-and-answer session, and provided his thoughts on the idea of having a college football season when fall rolls around. Essentially, Fleck the Gophers head coach is just as uncertain as the rest of us.
Here is Fleck’s response to that specific question:
I think there are all these hypotheticals. I think there is nobody that knows exactly what is going to happen. It’s all opinions. We can run in circles if we say all of our opinions.
But I do think sports are a getaway, but that should never get in the way of health of everybody else, student-athletes, coaches, fans, communities. Nothing comes before the health of people. I think that is the big message coming from our federal government, our state government, our local government, but hopefully we are getting to a point where we can plateau this and then start to see how we can decrease it and then hopefully get it out. Then we can start to move forward on these other parts.
I don’t see how we can say we know what is going to happen. We just have to just continue to get to certain deadlines and then reevaluate and see where we are at.
College football has a few more obstacles than professional sports leagues. Not only does the situation have to be safe for the players, coaches and other staff members, students will need to be allowed back on campus and returning to their daily lives before the sport can continue. Whether or not that will happen is unclear.
It certainly creates an interesting scenario for the season, and will be something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months.