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City and state governments across the United States are approaching easing social distance guidelines at different steps, and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is open for FBS conferences to follow the model to bring down the 2020 college football season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is room for different conferences to make different decisions,” Sankey told 1010 XL radio in Jacksonville on Thursday (ESPN hours Alex Scarborough). “If there are some programs that can’t, does that stop everyone? I’m not sure of that. But the ability for us to stay connected will still be important.”
ESPN published a survey with “dozens of athletic directors, coaches and commissioners from 10 FBS conferences” on Wednesday.
“There is no model that I can run to fix the problem of not having football,” UCF’s athletic director Danny White told ESPN. “I don’t think anyone in my position with a large football fan base can make the decision to fix it. I don’t know what happened – no model, no solution, no action I can take that will solve that problem. “
The anonymous commissioner noted that their first priority was determining when it would be safe to reopen the campus for students and teaching staff, while Arizona head coach Herm Edwards added the following:
“You will need two months to get these people back again before you can even consider putting them on the field and asking them to play soccer. When you rush back, that’s when you get a soft tissue injury – the hamstrings, Achilles tendon, base thighs – because you haven’t done anything. The pro players, they have the feeling, “I have to exercise, I make a living by doing this,” but if you’re a college kid, and many don’t. “I don’t have access to the gym where they can lift, unlike him in football conditions. “
Others have offered their opinions on this matter elsewhere:
Stadium Brett McMurphy conducted its own survey, which resulted in 99 percent of 114 FBS athletic directors who responded believing that there would be a college football season in 2020, although executions remained in the air.
Spring football is canceled all over the country March 12. The regular 2020 season is scheduled to begin August 29.