If Solomon were a conference commissioner…

You run a P5 conference.  You’ve got a real problem on your hands.  Your schools need that sweet, sweet TV money, but exposing amateur athletes to a pandemic to make a few bucks is a PR nightmare.  Playing a full fall schedule is already out of the question and even a partial fall schedule appears to be a struggle.  Shifting to the spring generates a different set of problematic consequences.

What to do?  Why not split the baby?

One FBS conference commissioner whose league ran spring football models in the early weeks of the pandemic (after the NCAA canceled its basketball tournaments and other championship events) told ESPN that “it’s time to pull that back out, dust it off and see where we are.”

“Lots of complications,” the commissioner said. “Obviously not first choice, but I think we can find a way to make it work. Maybe not a full season, maybe a split season. It has to be an option at this point.”

Think about it.  Get in four or five games in the fall and do the same in the first part of 2021.  Space it out right and you give the kids (and maybe some coaches) enough time to bounce back from being exposed mid-season and (just as importantly) finish your business in plenty of time before the NFL draft.  Hell, if you really get lucky, they might find a working vaccine before you finish the 2021 part.

It’s got something for everybody — the procrastinators like Sankey; the northern schools, which won’t have to play as many games in cold weather; Mickey (of course); fans who’ll take their college football in any form they can get.  Well, almost everybody… the mid-majors and lower division teams are going to get screwed, but that was a given, anyway.

What do you think?

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38 responses to “If Solomon were a conference commissioner…

  1. Derek

    Whatever works. The more time between kickoffs the better. To me spacing between games gives them the most cover for arguing credibly that that are doing everything they can to protect the players. 3 weeks between games, minimum. That gives you every opportunity to test, identify, isolate, recover, retest.

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    • Russ

      Yeah, I think that’s the key, time between games. They will run into mass positives, so having a couple of weeks between games helps prevent cancellations or fluke game results.

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  2. I’d rather just play 4 exhibitions this fall. Call it good. If we cant start October with 8 games.

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  3. Granthams replacement

    A guy on finebaum yesterday had a great plan. Each SEC team plays everyone in its division and one non conference. One division plays week one, other division week 2, so 14 days between games and 14 week season. Gives TV 4 games and each team 14 days of quarantine time. Championship game in week 15. Mitigates risk well, TV revenue is preserved and season is done by early December. Fans in the stands was not discussed.

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  4. Everyone assumes things will be better in the Spring. What if they aren’t and its more of the same???

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    • Then you’re not any worse off, are you?

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      • Biggen

        My point is that conferences and commissioners (and the general public) assumes that Fall football is becoming less and less likely. I get we can’t see the future but I have to wonder if there are contingency plans if the Spring is also a no-go?

        Its unlikely things really change for the better from now to then especially without a vaccine in place. With people heading indoors to beat the cold this Fall/Winter I’d expect Corona to really pick up steam.

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        • biggity ben

          Honestly I feel like it will lose steam. Conventionally, with the flu, I’d say you are correct. But CV picked up steam when we opened everything back up and the nice weather plus cabin fever had everyone running buck wild. If it’s cold/wet, people will stay home. At least I’d like to convince myself that’s what will happen anyway.

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    • Granthams replacement

      Exactly. A vaccine is a long way off if ever. At some point the leaders have to let individuals decide to accept the covid risk or shut it down totally.

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      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        “A vaccine is a long way off if ever.”

        Maybe, but there is in fact a good bit of promising research already. We are approaching 140k deaths in the US in about six months. We need a vaccine to get that number down to one we might be able to live with, kind of like we live with the flu. So we need to hope that we get one. Right now, there are vaccines that work in the lab. Will they work in animals and then in people, and what are the risks? All that requires legitimate testing but I sure hope we get one. There is enough reason to expect we will have one by spring to hold off.

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        • Russ

          Vaccine and deployment is still a ways off. I think that’s the third thing we’ll need long term. To open up before then, we need (1) effective, reliable treatment and (2) hospital capacity. Not sure (1) is figured out yet, but they seem to be getting better. And (2) is still not fully under control, depending on where you are. Florida, Texas and Arizona seem to be behind (I know Houston is hurting right now). The only way to manage (2) is for everyone to wear masks and follow the other common sense guidelines.

          If we keep the outbreaks to manageable levels and the doctors have a good treatment regimen, we can see a somewhat normal season. The vaccine will be the final leg we need long term.

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  5. Not a bad idea. I think the spring season would have to be played in March, so it wouldn’t be so cold up North and the season’s over in plenty of time for NFL draft.

    One problem might be playing on turf in March, especially in the North, that’s been dormant for several months and would get torn up & muddy, and stay that way.

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  6. NotMyCrossToBear

    All they care about is the money. Period. If all they can get is one game, they will play one game. Everything and everyone else be damned.

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  7. FlyingPeakDawg

    I think Disney will decide and they’re not ready just yet. Waiting to see the PR fallout from opening the parks in FL.

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    • Well florida has been a mess, and Cali has shut down again, so…

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      • Biggen

        No that hasn’t “been a mess”. Only three counties in that shit hole known as S. Florida have been a mess. The rest of us in this state are just fine.

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        • We live in the same county and it’s a mess. And you know it. Don’t know if you’re keeping up with Orlando but things haven’t been so good there either figuring out how to go forward. The daily Cal use numbers in Bay County might be 0 to 1 or 2 until the last 2 weeks. Were it’s been Over a 100 A-day. The bars got closed again because no one was following the rules. The 2nd the beaches open tourists flocked here. Social distancing is a joke. No one really much cares.

          You said Disney was trying to figure it out and in the state that has Disney it’s not going so well right now.

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          • Guys, no offense, but please save the COVID numbers battle for the Playpen.

            This stuff has been hashed and rehashed and nobody’s mind has been changed yet.

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          • Biggen

            Bay County is not a mess. 1322 confirmed cases and only 8 deaths. Those are spectacular numbers considering we cycle in and out 50,000 people a week here on vacation.

            Bars closing wasn’t a local thing. That was state mandated. That was the idiots in S. Florida ruining it for the rest of us.

            I own a beach business. We are packed and business is booming. One of the best summer’s we have ever had. If it was as terrible as you say here, hell, I’d be sick by now (or my employees) as we see about 2-3 hundred vacationers every single day in my store.

            Disney has been open for 3 whole days and from what I’m reading people are enjoying themselves.

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  8. UGA '97

    8 games every other weekend in the fall. 14 days between each. break for T-giving. champ games go in Dec. Break 4 weeks for holiday. play bowls. cfp semis then final 2 weeks later. pay out all cancellation’s and let small schools reinvest in local game day prep for their own 8 game scheds.

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    • I might refine that idea: play 8 SEC games, beginning on Aug 29, every two weeks. Final game is Dec. 5. Forget about the SECC, just declare a champion.

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  9. Anonymous

    They played college football during the Spanish Flu, and it was much more deadly than COVID-19 especially for younger people. They even played in front of fans.

    If they don’t play, then their scholarships should be pulled. Most of the players would have been denied admission to their schools based on academic merit. They were only granted admission based on their ability to further the goals of the university through their athletics program. The players, which include many functionally illiterate bozos, are currently getting free tuition, free room and board, free books, free tutoring, and free walking around money (their stipend). This is happening while legitimate students are having to pay full price for online classes. Bullshit.

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  10. Atticus

    I thin t has 0% chance of doing what they are hoping to accomplish. As in 0.00%

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  11. BuffaloSpringfield

    For What it’s Worth:
    Even after the Trumpter assigned Tubby or Sessons and referred to Lou Saban at Bama there was what I’d called a huge upset in the political football getting kicked around tonight. Perhaps there is still a vaccine, a season but there is still a November coming. It was a high scoring no defense affair 67- 33 Coach Leach must have called plays for Tubbs.

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