When will college football be resumed in the state of California?
For the Pac-12 Conference, it was a critical question with increasingly cloudy answers. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County officials openly recommended that orders for residence in the district house were extended for three months – until the end of July. The California State University System – which consists of 23 schools, including the Mountain West Conference program in San Diego State, Fresno State and San Jose State and 2020 UW against Sacramento State – also announced that most classes on its campus will remain online this fall.
The Pac-12 specifically, a spokesperson from the University of California system – which includes UCLA and Cal – to CBS Los Angeles in an email that “at this point, it is unlikely that our campus will be fully reopened in the fall. We will explore a mixed approach with some material delivered in classrooms and laboratories while other classes will continue online. “
About that matter, NCAA President Mark Emmert said last week that “all the commissioners and every president I spoke to had a clear agreement: If you don’t have students on campus, you don’t have student athletes on campus.”
But what if the Pac-12 campus is partly open, as can realistically be happening at Cal, UCLA and others? Can the football season still follow?
“I think the virus will tell us when we will be able to come back and when it is under control and when they have the right tests and whatnot,” UCLA head coach Chip Kelly said on the third day of Pac-12 media webinar coaches on Wednesday. “And until then, we will only continue to plan as we have the season to come. Nobody told us we didn’t play. Nobody told us we would play.
“But we don’t want to be surprised by,” Hey, you guys are playing. Are you ready to go? “I think we’ve all laid out the right plan.”
And you can bet the plan is not written in permanent marker. On Tuesday night, Fox Sports radio and television personality Colin Cowherd tweeted that, according to two people he trusted, the opening season of USC 5 September 5 against Alabama in Arlington, Texas, “did not happen.” He added that the Pac-12 football season in spring was “far more likely.”
But, within a few hours, USC athletics director Mike Bohn responded, tweeting: “We have the intention to play our game against Alabama. I want to remind all our fans that this is an uncertain time and there will be a lot of misinformation. We continue to explore each model for the 2020 soccer season. “
The models are being explored everywhere throughout the conference, including Oregon. Last week, Oregon Governor, Kate Brown said that major events in the state must be canceled or significantly modified until the end of September.
But does that mean that the September Oregon and Oregon State matches will be played in an empty stadium, or will they not be played at all?
“We always study. It’s almost like we learn every week, “Oregon State head coach (and former UW offensive coordinator) Jonathan Smith said on Wednesday.” There will be light at the end of the tunnel. We don’t know exactly how long this tunnel is, but we will get a chance to play and get (our players return to campus). When we can get it back, we want to do it safely and correctly.
“So what is not known is what it is, and we are working on it. We will only continue to work hard in the days, because light is at the end of the tunnel.”
But now, especially, the light might not be so easily seen. When asked about how COVID-19 had influenced his recruitment efforts, Kelly said that “there are children who are nervous about playing middle school soccer in the fall, and (that) is understandable, because we are not sure whether we are ‘I will play at autumn. “
With less than four months to the football season, it’s hard to be sure of anything. The only certainty, it seems, is that nothing happened.
“We are actually scheduled to play San Diego State (CSU system school) in game three. Will it affect that? “Kelly said. “I really don’t know. But I don’t think anyone knows. You just have to be very agile in terms of how you handle this whole situation and adjust to whatever happens. I think every day, things change and we should be able to Nothing said in the last 24 to 48 hours directly affected us playing games in September, but you never know.
“So we will continue to monitor it and let experts and medical personnel determine whether it is safe for our players to come back and play.”
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