Today’s ‘rona roundup

She’s from the government and she’s here to help:

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Maybe that’s what’s got Ole Miss AD Keith Carter checking the calendar.

Ole Miss athletics director Keith Carter said Tuesday he is hoping to bring student-athletes to campus by July 1.

That timetable, Carter said, would allow for an on-time start to the college football season this fall. Any delays past July 1, Carter said, would make it precipitously more difficult to begin the season as scheduled.

“I just feel like there’s some momentum,” Carter said Tuesday during an interview on the Oxford Exxon Podcast. “Will we be playing football Labor Day weekend? I can’t say that yet but that’s our hope and that’s what we’re going to continue to push for.”

Carter said bringing student-athletes to June likely won’t happen. He said getting student-athletes to campus July 1 is the date he’s targeting internally.

“That would give us a great opportunity to get ready for September and have a somewhat normal fall,” Carter said.

You may notice he says nothing there (or in the rest of the piece) about students returning to campus at that time.  Then again, that’s not his problem.  This is:

Carter said Ole Miss is going to have to tighten its belt from a budgetary standpoint, noting the athletics department is fine through June 30. After that, especially in a scenario where there’s no football season or a delayed football season, difficult decisions would have to be made.

What’s the day after June 30?  Oh, that’s right.  Ah, well, sacrifices will just have to be made.

Carter said Ole Miss has had conversations with medical experts “basically every day since this thing started.” Carter said Ole Miss is formulating plans for “an in-depth process” to get athletes back to campus, including testing.

“I don’t know that it would mean a 5-day or 10-day or 14-day quarantine, but certainly we would be very diligent in making sure we’re doing the right thing bringing these groups back,” Carter said, adding coaches would need 6-8 weeks to get athletes ready for competition.

At least they’ll be well-intentioned about quarantining the kids so the checks will keep rolling in.  That’s nice.

By the way, Carter says his SEC peers have been talking about this several times a week.  Seth Emerson asked Greg McGarity about that ($$) and got this in response:

“A July 1 return would be wonderful, and we believe there will other options presented as well regarding return to play,” McGarity said. “We just have to follow the guidelines established by the medical professionals, as well as State of Georgia and University System directives.”

Somehow, I doubt that’s all Greg will be following as crunch time gets closer.

If you’re looking for a timetable from somebody who doesn’t have a vested interest in keeping ESPN’s checkbook open, here’s what California’s governor had to say yesterday.

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I don’t offer that to say who’s right or wrong here, but merely to point out it’s very likely there are going to be competing timetables in play.  That may or may not matter for the regular season, especially if that’s reduced to conference play only, but it sure as hell will for the postseason, a most lucrative time for college football’s athletic directors.  Will things get contentious?  Probably.


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15 responses to “Today’s ‘rona roundup

  1. ugafidelis

    As much as I want things to return to normal, I almost want to see this thing hit these “deadlines” these ADs keep putting out there. I’d really like to see what actions they take to make things work.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    To paraphrase Lord Farquaad, “Some of you may get sick, but that is a sacrifice I am willing to make.”


  3. JasonC

    Maybe Newsom should get Larry Scott to help out, he’s like a wizard or something.


  4. ATL Dawg

    Summer semester at UGA goes thru the end of July and is online only. How can they justify bringing the unpaid labor back July 1?


  5. ATL Dawg

    Newsom said yesterday that stage 3, which includes sports without live audiences, is months away.


  6. MGW

    I love the tone some of these guys take; as though their individual tenacity is going to have the slightest effect on when it is safe to bring sports back. “I’m pushing for it!!!” Pushing against what?

    Sit back and watch the show, Mr. College administrator/coach, and hope for the best. This is out of your control, same as it’s out of mine.


    • Cojones

      That’s right on target, sir. What are the odds that all would agree to the same opening dates to begin practice and later to play?

      I’ll accept what Ron Courson has planned. He will rely on amount of testing available and the more talk I hear from the peanut gallery in D.C., the more I’m certain that testing will not be available to put students back on campus safely. Think about the milieu that the students will be plunked down into, where they have to shop downtown and go for entertainment, where they can come in contact with someone who is carrying. Everyone in the local population would have to be tested in order to let students enter. Hiccups in other places starting early and the possibility of Ga having round 2 and 3 of reinfection causing stops and starts in the economy… … .


      • Normaltown Mike

        Drove past the testing facility on Baxter Street at noon yesterday and not a single car waiting.

        What’s more, judging by the number of students jogging down Milledge, playing corn-hole and drinking at lawn parties around town, I don’t think they are as worried as the boomer fans.



    Went to two different Lowes in the last two days..things appear pretty normal to me (Newnan & Fayetteville).

    Restaurants opening up for dine in around Peachtree City…we are gonna make it.


  8. The Georgia Way

    Today, we expect the NCAA to announce the 2020 college football season will be played virtually using Techmo Bowl. Rest assured, we are already in front of this.

    “I played it as a kid. It is well-suited to our MANBALL approach here at Georgia. Practice begins May 1. We are genuinely excited.” said Coach Kirby Smart.

    “We believe this is a good solution given our current situation.” said Georgia’s J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. “Fortunately for our Magill Society patrons, we can now tap our reserve of dial-up internet equipment stored in the basement of the Boyd Graduate Studies building and at the Hargrett Library.” “Points cutoffs will be announced soon. Check for pricing.”

    “For that virtual tailgate experience, we are excited to announce we are bringing back ‘Grand Theft Auto – Classic City’.” said consultant Jimmy Williamson. “Our student volunteers are adapting it to include social distancing and a Venmo / Paypal interface. We promise your experience to be as realistic as possible given the constraints we have to work with.”



  9. bwaredogs

    Do you think if the conference commissioners decided to just play conference games, the SEC and ACC would add one to get to nine to equal the other conferences? Or is that dipping the toe in too deep for Sankey?


  10. ASEF

    Every county, much less state, faces a different challenge with this virus. There are similarities obviously, but case counts, local economic engines, and all those things are going drive different scenarios and responses.

    All of them would be helped tremendously by competent national testing logistics, but that is apparently not in the cards for the foreseeable future. We’ll leave why to the Playpen.

    So, these ADs are absolutely flying blind. Which means some percentage are going to fly into the side of a mountain.


  11. Union Jack

    Here is a Reuters article and it doesn’t specifically talk about collegiate sports but the numbers aren’t that promising.

    “Only 17% of American adults said they would attend professional sporting events when they reopen to the public, while 26% said they would rather wait until there is a vaccine.

    Among those who have attended a professional sporting event in the past year, 42% said they would return whenever it reopens to the public and 39% said they would rather wait for a vaccine, even if that means waiting more than a year.”


  12. Union Jack

    Fauci says it doesn’t make sense to reopen sports until widespread testing is available. We would need enough tests available in the system so you can test the participants with little impact on the supply since sports are not an essential activity.