I think the header to this tweet is a bit misleading.  Brian Kelly isn’t expressing a hope here; he’s providing an idea of how long it’s going to take a college team to prepare for the start of a season.

In other words, if programs can’t get started by July, the season isn’t going to start by Labor Day.

The question I’ve got as we sit here in late March is this:  if the schools haven’t opened back up for students by July 1, how are football teams going to be allowed back on campus to work out?


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19 responses to “Timeline

  1. Cynical Dawg

    Narrator: “They won’t”.

    I think college football will be lucky to get in a full conference slate. Forget about the entire season. Realistically, I don’t think there will be ANY professional or amateur sports until 2021.


    • practicaldawg

      I agree and I’ve been saying this for a while. I just don’t see a probable scenario where it all comes together. The other concern is player health in the fall. Without appropriate training before the season, expect higher rates of injury in the fall.


    • Macallanlover

      That is a major league negative take. I don’t see numbers anywhere indicating that, although elements of the virus will certainly be around, and that means restrictions will be all the rage among some. I do think limitations on live crowds will be required for at least the remainder of the year. Maybe 3 seats apart in most stadiums (7 seats apart in Neyland.)


      • Cojones

        How many rows apart?


      • ASEF

        Absent a vaccine, everything will be a calculated risk. Absent a comprehensive testing program, everything gets reduced to a worst case scenario.

        A 42 year old hospital nurse in Newnan, no underlying conditions, was found dead in her home, 4 year old child beside her.


        We’re going through a really steep learning curve here at every level that some Asian countries have grown used to. Personal hygiene. How to navigate public spaces. Health care systems with some level of permanent outbreak response permanently baked in. And on and on.

        It’s a huge mess, and we have no plan for cleaning it up yet. We will, but no one knows the time frame on it yet.

        The Olympics were scheduled for July in a country that does not yet have near the virus growth rate we do. And they have been put off an entire year.

        I hope you are right, but counties around you are putting up road blocks tomorrow to keep people out. Indefinitely. I’ve never seen that before in my life.


    • No One Knows You're a Dawg

      I think they will shoot for a mid-October restart but that will be right at the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic, and so the season won’t get off the ground.

      Perhaps they try and play the season in the spring of 2021?


      • Unless Mickey supports and is willing to pay for a spring 2021 season (doubtful given the WWL’s commitment to the NBA and college basketball), I don’t see a scenario where a spring season is remotely in the cards. Not saying I agree with it, but I don’t see it happening with the competing commitments they have. Throw in the fact that the networks that show college football on Saturday afternoons already have existing broadcast agreements with other sports associations (The Masters, PGA Tour, NBA, NHL, NCAA basketball tournaments, etc.) for spring programming.

        If toe doesn’t meet leather by the end of September, I don’t see a season happening … I can’t believe I just typed that.


  2. practicaldawg

    On a related note, everyone should follow Scott Sinclair on Twitter. He’s been posting at home workouts that are pretty fun. It’s also fun to see him talking to players, who’ve been posting videos of them training alone.

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  3. Russ

    Well I guess Liberty is getting a head start on all the other schools.


    • Dawg1

      I actually have great respect in many ways for the late Jerry Falwell. But the son is just off. I really think his processing skills are just a bit off, and it is clear by this decision, among others such as his AD, coach, etc., that no one there can counsel him.


  4. FlyingPeakDawg

    Employees…errrr…essential personnel will be expected to report July 1.

    If the Redcoats can’t practice this summer, how will the tuba player know where to line up?


  5. W Cobb Dawg

    Is dusting off the ball and playing a game without months of preparation a foreign concept now? These players, err, I mean students, already work out year-round. They are given a playbook before they get school books. Not to mention that many players have experience from previous season(s). One would think they’d be able to play a game after a couple days notice.


  6. Silver Creek Dawg

    I think we’ll be back to a normal school schedule at the college level for the summer session (mid to late May). Heck, a couple of the 2 yr technical schools in GA have announced tentative plans to restart face to face classes on April 13.


  7. Ben

    It seems to me that football teams and coaches are going to have to do what many of us have had to do: find ways to still do what we were hired to do.