It’s been over a month since the powers that be overseeing the biggest sports leagues in North America pulled a Clockstoppers and put their respective leagues into a state of suspended animation. Though I’d like to tell you we’re not going to have to wait much longer until we’re able to return to semi-normalcy, I’d be doing so with the same confidence of a parent in a zombie movie assuring their child everything is going to be alright.
Sure, the PGA is on track to get things up and running again within the next couple of months and the medical professional who’s achieved levels of adoration a doctor hasn’t seen since Patrick Dempsey was on Grey’s Anatomy seems to have given Major League Baseball’s plan the seal of approval.
However, unlike the vast majority of commercial airliners over the past few weeks, things are still very up in the air and the outlook could change as we wait to see whether or not the people deciding it’s a good idea to protest lockdowns and flock to beaches will end up rethinking that stance in hindsight.
Football was a bit of an afterthought when the spate of postponements and cancelations occurred, but since then, its become increasingly clear that the sport may also fall victim to our reality at both the professional and collegiate levels.
Dabo Swinney would like to have you believe that all we need to ensure the upcoming season won’t be impacted is a little bit of patriotism while Mike Gundy seems to have even less of a grasp on how things work, but thankfully, officials appear to be taking a more cautious approach to keep players as safe as possible.
Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been a gradually intensifying swirl of rumors that the NCAA is giving the idea of pushing college football season to the spring some serious consideration, and now, at least one insider has suggested it could only be a matter of time until the organization reveals that’s exactly what it will be doing.
On Monday, Kirk Herbstreit said that contingency plan was on the table but claimed it was at the bottom of the list when it came to ranking the most desirable options. However, later that day, Oklahoma-based sports reporter Mark Rodgers revealed he’s also spoken with people who’ve suggested they wouldn’t be surprised to hear an official announcement confirming a spring season in the coming days.
It might not be ideal, and while I’m sure there are more people out there who will disagree with this than there should be, I’ll gladly take “having to wait a few months for college football” over “people dying because we made them play college football” every day of the week.