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?