• phil cantor/@osgphil

College Football has to try and power through the explosion of COVID-19 cases



So, it hasn't exactly been the best week for the SEC or College Football in general on the coronavirus front. Four of seven scheduled SECbgames postponed this week (at the time I write this) is not a good thing.


Mind you, it's not only the SEC having this problem. When I started on a draft of this story on a Wednesday, there were 8 games postponed nationwide. Just two days later as put the finishing touches and do a read through of what I wrote---there are now 15 games put on hold.


Yes, it's getting messy and there are a lot of concerns its going to get a lot messier.


This explosion of cases raises a whole boatload of questions--none of which are easy to answer.



No, I'm not going to be that guy who sits there and proclaims "cancel the season". Not yet anyway. There's a lot to wade through here.


By and large, it appears the testing programs are working and schools seem to be for the most part, forthcoming about results. It's why we've had a least a handful of games postponed each week. Yes, even if the list is growing.


The question raised though is this: Is one positive within the program enough to shelve an entire team for at least 10-14 days?


It's certainly not a question I'm even remotely capable of answering. I'm not a virologist/epidemiologist and I haven't recently stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. If you can prove the infected person didn't have contact with everyone on the team, then I'd say the answer is probably no.


I don't believe we're at the point where we should be talking about ending the season--yet. But as the infection numbers increase, it appears any team still active needs to have a plan ready, just in case.


The question to the floor though is "Does one positive mean stop it all?" I don't think any of us can answer that. I mean, who are we to say?


If a kid--or coach is infected and passes it to someone who starts a chain reaction getting an innocent person super sick or worse, how do you live with that? Are the chances of that happening small? Yeah. They are. But that potential does exist and where do you draw that line you should or shouldn't cross over.


To be perfectly honest--my bigger issue is with the crowds. I still don't buy the idea of having 10-20,000 people in stands as be a good thing. I'd still argue that is your super-spreader issue right there.


I'm pretty sure College Football is going to continue until they can't. At this point, they have to. In most cases we're more than half-way through the season, there's too much at stake to not try and power through.


They have to.


We're far enough in to where they have to try and power through, they have at least try and finish the season. The idea may run contrary to what some of you believe and if you'd asked me three moths ago, I'd probably told you they should just not play at all.


But they started the season. Heck, BYU is already eight games in. The NCAA needs to try and push through.


We're going to have games continuing to be played. That isn't a debate right now. Nor should it be. If teams are healthy, why not?



In the meantime, this week, we get no SEC Game of the Week on CBS. The Alabama/LSU game was PPD and due to the late timing, CBS isn't running a game in their 3:30 p.m eastern Saturday time hole like they have for the past couple decades.


It means Top 20 teams like Ohio State, Texas A&M, Georgia and Auburn won't take the field this week.


And at the end of the day, the decision may be made for teams whether they want to or not. CBS and FOX Sports and ESPN may not get the programming they want to finish the season. Money will be lost and a ton of people are going to be pissed if it happens.


But that is life in 2020, like it or not, it's the hand we're currently being dealt. We just have to wait, watch and make adjustments as it comes.


It's what we've had to do to make it through this year and we might have to continue doing it. At least for a little while...



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