With less than 100 days between now and the scheduled start of the 2020-21 college football season; there is still no set approach in place for dealing with COVID-19 complications. On Tuesday, major conferences and television networks got together to announce that they’re still not sure what’s going to happen.
“Collectively, the conferences and television networks have agreed to an extension for determining college football’s early-season game times beyond the standard June 1 deadline,” they announced in a joint statement.
“These kickoff times and network designations will be announced at a later date as we all continue to prepare for the college football season.”
While the week-by-week schedule is already set; many precise dates and times of games haven’t been decided. The season is currently slated to begin on August 29; but given the current climate uncertainty still reigns.
CFB will likely monitor measures of professional sport leagues also navigating these uncharted waters, but some conferences have already started protocol to allow voluntary workouts beginning next month.
Nudges to Normalcy
The SEC and Big-12 both announced plans to bring back student athletes on May 22, while the Pac-12 followed suit on Tuesday. While Pac-12 schools now have the option to bring back players by June 15, they will still be subject to some stringent guidelines.
“As educational institutions, our highest obligation is to the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff,” said Colorado University chancellor Philip DiStefano. “As we considered the pros and cons of taking steps that can pave a path to returning to play, those considerations were foremost, guided by the advice of our own medical experts along with public health officials.”
“The Pac-12 is committed to the well-being of our student-athletes, and the decision to allow for voluntary workouts, subject to a determination by each school, is guided by the advice of our medical experts and will be supported by the detailed protocols established by our medical advisory committee in concert with our campus’ own safety guidelines,” he said.
“As states have either already opened or begin to open up access to parks, gyms and other training facilities, student-athletes should have the option at this time to be in, what for many, will be a much safer environment on campus, where they can have access to the best available health, well-being and training support.”
Ohio State and Clemson have both confirmed plans to get their players back on campus this coming month, with Oklahoma reportedly waiting until July to begin reassembling their team.