Just winging it

As much as I dog Greg McGarity here, it’s worth saying I’ve been impressed with his measured approach to managing the course of the football program during the pandemic.  It’s a time for caution and he’s done a good job.

If you’re looking for a point of comparison, look no farther than Ohio State’s Gene Smith, who’s getting the turnstiles ready.

Ohio State is modeling a concept that would allow about one-fifth of Ohio Stadium to be occupied during home football games for the 2020 season. Athletic director Gene Smith made the announcement during a Wednesday conference call with media.

“We have played a little bit with the social distancing concept,” Smith said. “We know that will probably take us down south of 30,000 fans in the stands, actually closer to 20,000-22,000. We’ve played with that a little bit as a framework to start.”

At a capacity of more than 102,000 fans, Ohio Stadium is the third-largest college football venue in the country. Smith had previously noted that the Buckeyes’ athletic department could lose as much as $50 million if Ohio Stadium opened without fans for an entire seven-game home season…

“I think it’s learning,” Smith said. “This is a process. What was beautiful for me, every morning we have Big Ten AD calls. Just the feedback between one another and colleagues … In the beginning, none of us had a position on anything. Now, I’ve shifted to being curious.”

Gene must have learned a lot in a few short hours after the conference call, because he doubled down yesterday afternoon.

Hell, man, why stop there?


Filed under College Football, It's Just Bidness

8 responses to “Just winging it

  1. I’m not sure any SEC athletic directors have said anything on this topic. I think $ankey has requested his members not to discuss this topic beyond the “we hope and expect” to play as scheduled while following the CDC’s guidelines.


  2. stoopnagle

    Yeah, UGA likes to wait until the last minute to tell anybody what the fuck is going on.


  3. I’m cautiously optimistic that in 3 months, we’ll be able to play football with fans in the stands. Maybe not full capacity to start–how about offering credits toward future Hartman Fund donations to fans who would voluntarily miss the early non- conference games?–but then, if no virus escalations, full stadiums by October.


  4. Russ

    “Hope” is a helluva plan.


  5. Tlkdawg

    I believe that McGarity is holding his cards close to the vest, waiting until he has a plan ready that will most benefit Auburn.

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  6. 123fakest

    Leading from behind is McGarity’s Jam.

    I thought everyone knew that!?


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