Sports Business Journal’s Michael Smith has rolled out an interesting report today.
Smith, reports that some administrators have been pondering if the best shot to get a “college football season” in this year would be to play this Summer.
Amid a growing concern that the college football season could be pushed back, or even canceled, an alternative could come into play — moving the season up to July, August and September, writes SBJ’s Michael Smith. Every other scenario has the season starting later in the fall, at a time when the coronavirus could be returning for another round of infections as the cool weather returns and a vaccine most likely unavailable until 2021. But staging an abbreviated college football season in the summer presents an opportunity to play games when the warm weather could help prevent the spread of the virus.
Smith offers a number of thoughts and issues involved, closing with this:
How would a season work? It would almost have to be conference games only. Teams could start with a June mini-camp, July training camp and eight or nine games in August and September with no postseason.
We encourage you to read the full report on Sports Business Daily here.
Tip of the cap to John Ourand.
FootballScoop Update> After publishing this piece several coaches and administrators reached out to us to say they haven’t heard this discussed at all. The logistics alone would be incredible. Will update if we hear more.
We attempted to be polite above. Pat Forde just spoke the truth…
FWIW, didn’t take long after retweeting this to hear from a P5 official who called it “The most absurd thing I’ve heard so far.” That person doesn’t think this is a serious option at all. https://t.co/fEdL0gSTFd
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) March 28, 2020
And now Bruce Feldman is following up saying the same as FootballScoop and Forde….
Have heard from several power brokers in college sports this morning who think this idea makes no sense and that there isn’t a sensible way it can happen. https://t.co/YPjCqy4NVY
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 28, 2020