Ohio State AD says there's still uncertainty about CFB season, but no talks of cancelling on the table right now
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is aware that there’s still plenty of uncertainty regarding the 2020 college football season. However, talks about pushing the schedule to spring or cancelling the season completely have not been discussed.
Smith joined 97.1 FM in Columbus to talk about some of the inner workings of college football during the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
“It’s a moment of uncertainty,” Smith said on the Bishop and Laurinaitis Show. “There’s a lot of moving parts. We just need to be patient.”
The B1G was the first conference to make a major announcement regarding the season, opting for a league-only schedule in 2020. That eliminates three games from the schedule for every team, however, the conference is expected to release a 10-game B1G-only schedule for the fall.
No announcements on that have been released at this time. Smith did indicate that playing a conference-only schedule does allow the league to have more flexibility and provides a better opportunity to have a season this year.
Another conversation that has popped up recently is the idea of moving the college football to the spring or cancelling it entirely. While some lower-level conferences have taken those paths, Smith said the B1G hasn’t talked about either of those options as of yet.
“Athletics can help galvanize our communities in a storm or a crisis and I think if we can have sports, it will help us,” Smith said.
The B1G has not yet announced when it will release its revised schedule for the 2020 season.
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