Report: Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez willing to listen to spring football proposals
One of the ideas that continues to surface in talks about salvaging the 2020 college football season is pushing the sport to the spring semester. It would be a complicated process, but it’s something that other conferences have already planned to do.
While nothing quite that drastic has happened at the Power Five level yet, all cards are still on the table. And according to a report from Madison.com, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is willing to listen to a proposal that includes a spring football season.
Alvarez says that he’s been able to have discussions about a spring season with head coach Paul Chryst, who once coached in the World League of American Football in the early 1990s, a league that held its season in the spring. However, the AD does not believe that moving the season to the spring followed by a traditional football schedule in the fall is in the best interest of student-athletes.
Playing spring football has been an idea that has bounced around quite a bit since March. But with so many conflicts — spring sports, the NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Draft and the 2021 fall college football season — it seems like a relatively difficult plan to work out.
However, if it’s the only option, Power Five programs might have to accept it on a one-time basis.
Earlier on Wednesday, Ohio State AD Gene Smith told 97.1 The Fan’s Bishop & Laurinaitis Show that there have been very little discussions about moving the season to spring or cancelling football completely. Even though there remain several questions, those two ideas appear to be on the backburner for now.
The B1G has already eliminated all nonconference games for the 2020 season. A revised, conference-only schedule is expected to be released in the near future.