The NCAA is discussing moving the Tennessee and college football season to February, but that’s only delaying the inevitable of having no football season.
There’s no one in America that wants to have a college football season this year. Watching Tennessee football run through the T in September is one of the best parts of the year.
The NCAA has put together a coronavirus advisory panel to find new ways for college programs and athletes to practice, work out, and eventually play with the coronavirus in mind.
We’re a little less than two months away from college football’s Week 0, but it looks like we could end up waiting for a few more months before we see our favorite schools take the field. One of the modifications that the coronavirus advisory panel is discussing is moving the college football season to February.
There is still a lot that we don’t know about coronavirus, so moving it to February could give scientists and doctors an opportunity to get a handle on the virus.
Amesh Adalja is a member of the NCAA’s coronavirus advisory panel and a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. He said that moving the season to February is one option that they are discussing.
"“You might have better control of the outbreak [in February], but we still won’t have a vaccine,” coronavirus advisory panel member Amesh Adalja said. “You have to think about all kinds of modifications and that might be one.”"
Moving the season to February could only put off the inevitable of not having a football season. If there’s a delay in the start of the season, then we will likely see a delay until the NCAA eventually cancels the season.
As of right now, I have a pretty good feeling that the college football season will be played with the original schedule. If the season is pushed into the winter, into the dead of flu season, then I see there’s a very small chance the college football season being played.
According to the CDC, the flu’s biggest spike takes place in February with December through March being peak “flu season,” so if the season is pushed to early 2021, then it will either not happen or continue to be pushed to spring/summer.
The advisory panel, the NCAA, and college programs have to do what is best for the players, coaches, staff, and fans if they’re in attendance. If that means the football season is canceled, then don’t be surprised if the NCAA explores that route.