The return of college football is far from the most pressing issue facing the nation right now, but fans are still hopeful that there will be games to watch. A recent interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, who at this point needs no introduction to any American, sounds promising in that regard. From ESPN:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert and one of the faces of the United States’ fight against the coronavirus, says the only way professional sports will happen this summer is by holding events without fans in attendance and by keeping players in hotels.
”There’s a way of doing that,” Fauci told Snapchat’s Peter Hamby as part of a weeklong interview series. “Nobody comes to the stadium. Put [the players] in big hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them very well surveilled. ... Have them tested every single week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family, and just let them play the season out.”
This seems manageable, as the players should have limited exposure to the virus if they stay together. Major League Baseball has already had discussions about a May return, with one proposal to play all of the games in spring training stadiums. Sports without fans would take some getting used to, as we saw in the first baseball game held in the world since the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s eerily quiet when someone homers.
We have the first pro home run in 2020! pic.twitter.com/FbJ6R6eyft— Quarantine Bros (@BaseballBros) April 12, 2020
Still, quiet games are better than no games.
CNN reporter, Prattville native and Alabama grad Kaitlan Collins reports that VP Mike Pence has a call scheduled that will be of interest to college football fans.
Vice President Pence has a call with the College Football Playoff Management Committee today.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 15, 2020
It will be interesting to see how this goes. With states on the east and west coasts forming alliances to determine the schedule for getting back to normal in those areas, it seems unlikely that there will be 100% buy-in any time soon. Personally, I think that there is a great chance that we see SEC football in some form this year. The playoff is another matter altogether.
As always, we will keep you updated as details emerge.