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College football coaches are facing the daunting challenge of getting their players to maintain the required focus to prepare for season-openers when the prevailing question swirling around the sport is when, or if, the season will even be played because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said it adds an ”emotional drain” to the rigor of weight lifting and fitness, film study and psychological preparedness. ”With so many variances on the outside of start, stop schedule, new schedule, continued start, stop, there’s an existing emotional drain and distraction that is very difficult in terms of managing the external environment that does spill over,” Mendenhall said Monday on a Zoom call with reporters.
President Donald Trump on Monday joined a U.S. senator and a number of coaches calling to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown as supporters pushed the premise that the players are safer because of their sport. There was speculation two of the five most powerful conferences – the Big Ten and the Pac-12 – might call off their seasons and explore the possibility of spring football. The Mountain West became the second conference in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivison to do just that, joining the Mid-American Conference in giving up hope on playing any sports in the first semester.
A popular argument has emerged in recent days for playing college football. It goes like this: If college football isn’t played, college football players will still be at risk of catching the virus; in fact, they could be at greater risk. Alabama coach Nick Saban joined that chorus today: “Look, players are a lot safer [more]
The Big Ten may be on the verge of canceling the 2020 football season, but not every Big Ten school is on board. Nebraska’s president reportedly voted against canceling the season in a meeting of Big Ten presidents, and Nebraska coach Scott Frost went even further today, saying his football team plans to be on [more]
The Big Ten appears ready to cancel the 2020 season. The SEC is not. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey tweeted Monday afternoon not long after reports surfaced of the Big Ten’s expected decision. For now, the SEC is staying the course. “Best advice I’ve received since COVID-19: ‘Be patient. Take time when making decisions. This is [more]