It’s all just one big mess.
Nobody knows more than the next person. Every possible scenario is exactly that, an idea. Nothing has been decided and nothing is likely to last at least another month or so.
But no doubt, in any form, the 2020 college football season will be hit hard by the end of collegiate athletics during the coronavirus pandemic.
The coaches know and do their best to keep the teams well prepared for every opportunity to play.
“We all want to play as much as possible, but like everything else, like the example of different states opening at different times, a lot of different things can happen between now and fall,” Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin said on the Pac- 12 webinar on Thursday’s football media.
On Thursday, the last day of the Pac-12’s soccer head coaches who are only media webinar series, Sumlin joined Justin Wilcox in California and Mario Cristobal in Oregon to talk about different seasonal scenarios and how each coach prepares for a glimpse of a possible season.
“At some point, that ball will be picked up and we’re going to play ball, and the team that handles things like this will likely have the best chance of a successful season,” said Cristobal. “Those opportunities are things that we look forward to in a positive way.”
During the week, coaches explained how, despite not being able to conduct exercises and games through personal exercises, they spent their allowed virtual team contact hours maintaining team chemistry despite being separated by a screen.
“Our zoom situations were not just about football, but about life and getting to know boys, getting to know their families,” Sumlin said. “Everything we do is not about X’s and O’s, especially in the last month and a half, a few months because lives have changed, lives have been turned upside down, everyone has a different situation. Our coaches need to be invested in the lives of our players outside the football. ”
But when this new, and hopefully stronger, team band can affect the game, the answer remains unknown.
An endless list of factors prevents anyone from thinking too far in the future about which ideas might work better than others.
University location, availability of coronavirus testing, and on-campus funding – both Cristobal and Sumlin have made pay cuts to reduce the financial burden on their respective athletic departments – are just a few examples of what is being considered when making a decision about when to start and how to play the 2020 season. With news and state guidelines changing daily, executives have so far been unable to make uniform decisions.
“To say it will be the same in every state and conference is likely to be difficult,” said Wilcox. “There is so much dynamism involved. … We’ve been in meetings where we modeled, I don’t know if we can count them, but hours and hours of modeling different seasons and what they would look like based on when a start time would be. ”
While the scenarios range from removing non-conference games from the schedule, playing two or three games less, and / or extending an official start date to late October, no one really knows what the 2020 collegiate football season will be like.