Because the severity of coronavirus spread to people in the immediate area, there were times when many thought the 2020 college football season would not even occur. Cases seem to continue to climb every day and the thought of playing a game of physical contact seems absurd. Things are far different now.
NCAA has permitted all sports to continue athletic activities starting June 1, 2020, because more has been learned about using coronavirus. And while that doesn’t guarantee the season will go as planned, it is a good sign in that direction. But maybe there are still some interesting protocols needed if fans are allowed to attend the match.
NCAA.com digital reporter Andy Katz joined The Paul Finebaum Show on Friday to discuss what college football looked like in 2020 because of the pandemic. While he was optimistic about playing games and having fans present, that didn’t happen without conditions requiring fans to wear masks if they wanted to attend the game.
“I think we should have a mask in the stadium. I think it will be needed at first,” Katz said. “I think in September – unless things change, and I hope they change – I will say at first, yes, it will be needed to enter the whole country. That is just my prediction.”
Of course, the thought of wearing a mask at a college soccer match is something that might not suit some fans who hope to attend the match. Businesses around the country have begun asking customers to wear masks to help prevent the spread of the corona virus in their stores. Some have obeyed, but others have not been so open to that thought.
But people on campus football do everything they can to encourage wearing a mask. Alabama head coach Nick Saban, in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, encouraging soccer fans to wear masks every day to prevent it from spreading and ensure there will be a soccer season in 2020.
It was thought that Finebaum was surprised to hear Katz say. He asked Katz if he wanted to tell people in states like Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia that they had to wear masks to attend the match. While thinking is something that will be difficult to wrap the mind, Katz holds fast to the thought that schools will need masks to go to games and be in mass gatherings.
“I will only say that I am thinking of holding a mass meeting – more than 50, 100 people – I hope we don’t have to do it. I’m not a fan, I don’t like to wear it. But I had to do it because that was what was needed to go to the grocery store, so I did what I was supposed to do.
“I just thought at the mass meeting – you are talking about 10,000, 20,000 people – I think that’s what will happen in the beginning. I hope it will fade when we go deeper into the fall. I could be wrong and I hope I’m wrong. I hope I’m wrong about this. But I just think at this point, here in the middle to the end of May, I think that’s what they think. “
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