This COVID shit’s getting real.

The Ivy League news wasn’t that big.  This, though, is.

Screenshot_2020-07-09 Nicole Auerbach 😷 on Twitter The Big Ten is expected to announce today that it will go with a confer[...]

That is going to have a significant ripple effect across college football.  Assuming they don’t come back in a couple of weeks to shut the whole thing down, that is.

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UPDATE:  In case you’re wondering…

… it’s every conference for itself.

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73 responses to “This COVID shit’s getting real.

  1. Derek

    Can I have any hope that means they are saying “we’re playing and this is how” instead of “IF we play this is how?”

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    • sniffer

      That’s how I read it. “We’re playing, but we may start late and move some dates, but we’re playing.”

      Of course, Trump could find a vaccine that works and all this is for naught.

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      • ATL Dawg

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        • Chi-town Dawg

          Confirmed…my stepdaughter who plays soccer for a Big 10 school received the official letter today.

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    • Derek

      I can NOT have that hope:

      “As we continue to focus on how to play this season in a safe and responsible way, based on the best advice of medical experts, we are also prepared not to play in order to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes should the circumstances so dictate,” the Big Ten statement said.

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  2. I would have no problem with a decision to go with a 9-game conference only schedule for this season. Our strength of schedule may go up with dropping Fech and playing another SEC opponent. Just accelerate the rotation by a year (2021 rotating schedule) … problem solved.

    I believe that game would likely be Arkansas in Athens.

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  3. ScoutDawg

    Love it.

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  4. Butts-Mehre Country Club

    Rest assured, everything’s fine. Everything’s fine. Serenity now.

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  5. PTC DAWG

    Conference only signs fine to me, hell division only sounds fine if that makes it work, let the winners meet in ATL for the MNC. …GT would probably like that idea too. 🙂

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  6. Well it’s not like they’re doing that in a vacuum. They’re just gonna be the 1st horse out of the gate.

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  7. burt

    Is a 12 game conference only schedule possible? That would be fun!

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  8. Boring conversation anyway. Luke!….

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  9. Hurricane Brett McMurphy is reporting ACC is likely going to conference only games. No Old Fashioned Hate or the CFA Classic in that case.

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    • Auerbach also apparently reporting that the Pac 12 is going to a conference only schedule.

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    • Butts-Mehre Country Club

      Rest assured, we’re still planning on a full schedule with packed stadiums. Everything’s fine, everything’s fine.

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    • Bruce Feldman is reporting that the ACC is going to make sure Notre Dame is taken care of in case of conference-only scheduling. Wake, Pitt, Duke, Clemson, Fech & Louisville are already on the schedule under the agreement with ND.

      I’m betting ND keeps the Navy game and picks up 1 or 2 ACC opponents (or Army).

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      • Union Jack

        ND is losing one Big Ten game vs Wisconsin. If all of the conferences follow suit, they would be out games against Arkansas, W Mich, Navy Stanford, & USC.

        Even if they pick up two ACC games, that is only a 6 game schedule.

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        • No, they are scheduled to play 6 ACC opponents in 2020 as listed. They could plan to play Navy (unless the AAC goes conference only) plus 2 more ACC games which would get them to 9. John Swofford has specifically stated that ND will be taken care of if all of this happens.

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          • Bob

            Army and Air Force would figure out ways to schedule the Irish. BYU in similar boat so look for those two to also hook up.

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            • Air Force is in the Mountain West, so no go if they go conference only. Army and BYU are independent. ND would probably schedule Army, BYU and an ACC school to get to 9.

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      • Lol, ND getting screwed would be a dream come true for their BS lack of conference.

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  10. DugLite

    Georgia would open with Alabama if the SEC drops OOC games.

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    • Not necessarily – if they add a 9th game, they will have to redo the schedule completely.

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      • Got Cowdog

        Keep the 8 conference games as scheduled plus 1 traditional rival. I’d much rather see the Dawgs play tech than Arkansas.
        And you can’t tell me after all the instability of season/no season that the networks wouldn’t look hard at a UGA-Alabama SEC opener to turn some coin.

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        • That requires both leagues to agree to that.

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          • Got Cowdog

            Money talks, and we all know who runs the show. If Mickey thinks the rivalry will bring more dollars than Arky? It’ll be nats.
            Having said that, if all the other conferences are conference only I suspect the SEC will follow suit just in the pursuit of an MNC that might actually be played among conference champions. Maybe expand the playoffs to six? Just this once….

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            • Gaskilldawg

              My understanding is that these conferences are going to a conference only schedule so all opposing teams are following the same conference virus mitigation protocols. Making exceptions for OOC rivalry games defeats the purpose of going to a conference only schedule.

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              • Not if all the conferences follow the same protocols… which I bet is what happens, at least on the P5 level.

                Think about it: if they’re still planning on a CFP, they’ll have to standardize.

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    • I just don’t see any way the SEC drops the schedule to 8 games (I don’t think the TV contracts will allow that to happen for loss of revenue). We may still open with Bama, but they could decide to slot the ninth game as a season opener. If they did that, Bama would open on the road in Hogtown, and we would open at home against Arkansas.

      I could see the SEC & ACC forming a scheduling alliance since both currently play 8 conference games and there are multiple SEC/ACC year-end rivalry games.

      I would love to have a camera with audio in Greg Sankey’s office right now.

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      • (a) none of us know what the TV contracts say in the way of force majeur clauses. (b) do you really think the folks at WokeCenter are going to push that or work with them during a pandemic ? The one that doesn’t is going to get all the contracts next go round.

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        • I’m purely going off the inventory of games. If the season gets cuts by 1/3 (12 to 8), that’s 56 fewer items of inventory. Since most of those non-conference games are paid baby seal clubbings, they are home games included in the conference TV package. Here is the mix of the games:
          Bama – 1 neutral, 3 home
          Arky – 3 home, 1 away
          Barn – 1 neutral, 3 home
          FU – 3 home, 1 away
          UGA – 1 neutral, 3 home
          UK – 3 home, 1 away
          LSU – 3 home, 1 away
          OM – 1 neutral, 3 home
          MSU – 3 home, 1 away
          Mizz – 3 home, 1 away
          USCe – 3 home, 1 away
          10rd – 3 home, 1 away
          TAMU – 4 home
          Vandy – 3 home, 1 away

          75% of the OOC games are at home in the SEC TV package. That’s 42 games out of the inventory. Broadcast partners will expect something in return. I would expect a lower payout with 1 more conference game to lessen the blow.

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  11. Conference only for the Big 10? It’s 1200 miles from Lincoln to NYC.

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  12. Will (the other one)

    Still waiting on the “oh, and no fans at games” announcements (which I know they want to hold off, but given how other sports have started back up sure seems likely).

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  13. spur21

    I’m trying to understand why / how conference only games mitigates the perils of Covid. That being said I’m all in if it means CFB this year.

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    • Derek

      Control. Uniformity. Deniability.

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    • Red Cup

      By having more open dates

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    • It’s not travel that’s for sure.

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    • Union Jack

      One of the big problem with our entire national response to COVID has been our inability to streamline messaging and protocols so that everyone from local municipalities to Federal officials were operating with the same playbook.

      When it comes to college football, the NCAA basically ceded authority to the individual conferences and members. At the very least, the SEC can require its members to follow the same guidelines so everyone is on the same page. My advice (and I am not an epidemiologist) as having worked in large sporting events for years – is develop strict protocols so you can have a season. Teams should be quarantined during the week. Everyone lives in the same facility including coaching staffs and training personnel. Gameday staff needs to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines. Testing should be done on those in the bubble a few times a week. If you go outside the bubble – you are out and must quarantine for 7-14 days without symptoms and negative testing. Positive tests result in shut down and game postponements.

      MLS Soccer came back last night – a player had to be stretchered off with an injury. He ended up with a visit to the hospital because of possible head injury. The player is fine but because he was taken out of the bubble – he now must sit out 14 days.

      It sucks and sounds harsh but it is the only way to guarantee safety.

      Coaches talk about “half-assing” it, giving 110% etc etc. The same goes here – you can do this the right way and might make it through the season. Or it can be done with a half-hearted effort (which pretty much has been happening now) and you end up where we are now.

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      • The problem is the whole amateur thing. A bubble world for unpaid athletes is crazy. Pay the kids and let’s roll.

        Question: would it really be so bad if american universities operated professional football teams ? Can you not operate both successfully at the same time ? Hell, it sounds like the most ‘Merica thing ever IMO.

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        • Union Jack

          I am all for paying student athletes and have been for a long time. I agree that requiring unpaid athletes to live in a bubble is a bit crazy but its the only way to play the game safely.

          If we have to pay them – pay them.

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    • Will (the other one)

      Avoids having to play those schools who don’t have the $$$ to test as often as your school?

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  14. The Dawg abides

    If the SEC follows suit, then no way in hell should we play in Jax. We’re the home team this year, so FU should have to come to Athens. It looks like if games are actually played, they’ll do it without fans. So that’s another reason not to have a conference game at a neutral-site.

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  15. practicaldawg

    I assumed OSU’s non-conference schedule was canceled when the Ivy League canceled their season anyway

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  16. So kick the can conference only is certainly looking like the current plan. Until it changes.

    Honestly if it happens I would consider it a really special season and could be very awesome

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  17. Holiday Inn Bagman

    If they end up deciding not to have fans at games in the fall I say we whoop Florida’s ass in Sanford stadium this year given its our home game year.

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  18. sowegadawg

    As I’ve said all along….2020 ncaaf ain’t gonna happen

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    • Bo Lane

      Agree my fellow sowegadog. This season is not going to happen. I wish they’d just go ahead and say it.

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  19. If they somehow decide to go to 9, I say McG does the most un-McG thing ever. Demands we get our game back from AU, makes AU come to Athens 2x this year, and one of those on the traditional NOV date. Then all is forgiven, and we don’t have the SEC “owing us a favor” in perpetuity.

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  20. Jared S.

    Man. So many of you still talking through possible scenarios. This season is TOAST. UGA plays two, three games tops before it’s all brought to a screeching halt.

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  21. FlyingPeakDawg

    So there will be “some” season with these announcements.
    Scoreboard thus far…Disney 1, college Prezes 0.

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  22. UGA '97

    1st game = bama. 9 months to prep. get it done.

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