College football in the time of pandemic, part one

Somehow, I don’t think this is the last we’ll hear from this guy on the subject.

I’m old enough to remember when I posted this… yesterday.

Along those lines, I wonder if G-Day is going to be open to the public next month, or cancelled outright. That, at least, is a decision that doesn’t cost the athletic department money. But what happens come September if the best advice from experts is to stay away from big crowds, especially in a closed setting, like Georgia’s opener at MBS? Where does Butts-Mehre take things? Or the SEC, for that matter? I really don’t know right now, but that has the potential to be an expensive proposition.

In less than 24 hours, it feels like we’re already way past that.

The SEC, being what it is, is trying to straddle a line that is going to only get harder to maintain.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told DawgNation late Wednesday night that Georgia fans can only “stay tuned” where the Bulldogs’ annual G-Day spring football game is concerned.

“I would ask the fans to be patient, more information will be forthcoming at the end of March,” McGarity said. “We still have some time left. I would just say stay tuned, and we’ll see what the landscape looks like.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement on Wednesday that attendance at the ongoing league basketball tournament — along with spring sports — would be restricted on account of the coronavirus outbreak.

Sankey said the suspension of fan attendance at SEC events would be re-assessed on March 30.

“We had very brief conversations about spring (football) games and various activities,” Sankey said during his press conference at Bridgestone Arena. “So we’ll be reconnecting. I think most of those (spring football games) are outside of our March 30th window.

“We’re proceeding with other things. We have a video review session this weekend for football preparations. We obviously have been in the crisis consideration and crisis management situations that’s kept our attention on the immediate issues.”

I have no idea what could happen between now and month’s end that would cause Sankey to relax the restrictions he just put in place regarding fan presence at conference athletic events.  More likely, Sankey is risking a situation like the one the NBA faced last night, with a player being diagnosed with the coronavirus and the league promptly shutting down its season in response.

On the local front, I can’t imagine we’re going to be able to attend G-Day next month, but that’s the least of it.  Schools all over the country are not allowing students to return to campus after spring break.  If Georgia adopts that stance, how does it allow spring practice to proceed?


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44 responses to “College football in the time of pandemic, part one

  1. JasonC

    Regarding Spring Practice, I wonder if practices are cancelled if the NCAA will allow summer or early fall makeup sessions of those practices… assuming things are better then.


    • I seriously doubt it. No way do they want to be responsible if there were some heat-related deaths in July because the NCAA gave schools the ability to practice earlier.

      If I were a university counsel, I would not be advising my athletic director and head coach that was a good idea.


      • Tony Barnfart

        They could require you to conduct all of your practices in your respective Jeremy Pruitt Memorial Indoor Practice Facilities. That’s one reason we spent a shit ton of money getting one and not having one became untenable. (tough shit if you don’t have one, go to the gymnasium).


  2. Granthams replacement

    Think how hard it would be for Greg to refund tickets to each game. He’ll be back in Gainesville FL where he belongs by September.


  3. I have to believe the conference is only following the NCAA’s guidance regarding the response to the pandemic. My only question is whether the NCAA, the conferences, and the schools are going to refund the price of tickets to attendees. In particular, I want to know if the university plans to refund a portion of the spring semester athletic fee to every student.

    I’m imagine there’s a force majeure (sp) provision in the fine print, so I’m not holding my breath.


  4. TimberRidgeDawq

    I think the campus’s will remain open but the classes will be online. I know that is the case at UK. They have Spring Break next week and have been told to attend online classes for the two weeks following. I suppose the intent is to catch anybody that drags it back from break but if they’re living in a dorm and eating in the cafeterias they’re still going to expose other students. Maybe this is more to protect the professors then.


    • If UGA extends spring break and then moves to online classes, I will be telling my daughter she is staying at home until classes reopen. I don’t see how a university can expose student workers or employees in dorms and dining halls if they aren’t having on premise classes. I can only imagine what the workers’ compensation exposure would be for that.


      • mwo

        My daughter and I had the same discussion last night. If the school administration is anything like McGarity they will remain open to avoid having to refund housing and dining costs. She lives in O house and is expecting to get the move out email at any time.


        • I think they are going to plan to extend spring break first and do online classes for a week or two. If something happens, I think the university will look at a full reopen on April 6 assuming that new infections are under control.

          I just can’t imagine that the University Health Center could be prepared to deal with the potential for an overwhelming number of infections.


    • HiAltDawg


      sent at 1215

      Dear UGA Faculty, Staff, and Students:
      Please see the message from the University System of Georgia below, which has been sent to Presidents of all of the USG’s 26 institutions. Per the USG’s direction, the University of Georgia is planning at this time to resume normal class operations following Spring Break on Monday, March 16.

      Subject: COVID-19
      Dear Presidents,

      The University System of Georgia is consulting constantly with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force. DPH has advised that the risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia remains low.

      Therefore, all 26 USG institutions will remain open for face-to-face education at this time.

      For those of you, or anyone on your campus who may be traveling, please make sure they remain in regular contact with your campus for operational updates.

      Many of you have asked, what can we do? The most important responsibility we each have is to practice prevention. Prevention is paramount.

      Please urge your faculty, staff and students to take appropriate measures such as:

      • Wash hands regularly.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
      • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Be responsible and courteous to others and stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
      • Respect personal space when greeting others and during conversations.
      • Be mindful of those in high risk populations such as those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.
      • Follow CDC and DPH guidance on personal and business travel to avoid increasing your risk and that of others.

      We take very seriously the responsibility to make prudent choices for the well-being of the USG community.

      The latest information is that (as of Thursday morning) there are 12 confirmed and 19 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Georgia. These numbers are likely to change.

      For the latest updates, please monitor DPH’s website.


  5. practicaldawg

    It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

    Liked by 2 people

  6. FisheriesDawg

    Seems like this would be a good time to be sitting on a healthy reserve fund if you’re an athletic department.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Otto

    You say it doesn’t cost the Athletic Department money but the bookstore does a thrifty business on G day. Yes I know we’re not talking thousands of tickets but the UGA way is every penny right?


  8. DawgByte

    Social Media and their brain dead cohorts in the MSM are driving this absurd hysteria. I would encourage everyone to read the CDC Report on the COVID-19 “Coronavirus” to get the facts on how it’s contracted, symptoms and treatment recommendations. I know someone who went to Milan last month and contracted it. Once the symptoms manifested themselves, he was over it in 3-4 days. He barely characterized it as the standard common Cold.


  9. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    If I was Kirby – clearly I am not – I’d get ADGM to buy a bunch of the LabCorp tests, or better, get UGA microbiology departments to create their own tests – Johns Hopkins hospital did it, so I am sure that a research university can do it as well – and have spring practice go on when it was reasonable to do so outside. Then have Ron Courson and his staff monitor the situation. As long as they are symptom free and test clean, it ought to be okay.


  10. philip680

    People need to get their heads out of their as. The problem is not just the fact that the coronavirus is not serious for the vast majority, it’s the possibility over overwhelming the healthcare system with a huge spike in cases. Italy is the current poster child. That’s when other medical emergencies (heart patients etc, etc) become deadlier for lack of treatment. Suppression by slowing the spread will keep access to treatment of every health issue readily available. Yes, that has a negative impact on social gatherings and definitely an economic impact but sometimes we have to pay that price.


  11. ciddawg

    We interrupt this politically induced hysteria to give you a bit of reality…39 deaths in the US (26 from one nursing home) …for all you lefties my friends in Italy say the problem is overblown by socialist and media…now back to your regularly scheduled liberal bullshit…


  12. ciddawg

    There are 1,600,000 Abortions performed every year in the US… that’s 4,384 A DAY for you lefty tards…you wanna get your news from cnn and then go clean out the toilet paper aisle at Walmart go ahead …just keep that in mind…


  13. ciddawg

    You will make someone a great wife….
    Here in Stats don’t lie…5103 deaths World Wide that includes China for you all you hand wringing bedwetters….