Look, I get that Nick Saban is in favor of a college football season because he’s Nick Saban with a vested interest in coaching a college football season, but when he’s right, he’s right. And on this, he’s right.
“We also test anybody that has symptoms and have an open testing site where they can go and get tested as many times as they want or anytime they feel like they need to,” Saban said. “But our guys aren’t going to catch [the virus] on the football field. They’re going to catch it on campus. The argument then should probably be, ‘We shouldn’t be having school.’ That’s the argument. Why is it, ‘We shouldn’t be playing football?’ Why has that become the argument?”
Because that’s the box the NCAA and amateurism has left football in, Nick.
Presumably the conferences have been watching the professional leagues play and noticed the track record of the NBA and NHL, which have their players operating in safe bubbles, compared to MLB, which doesn’t. But there’s no way the schools can adopt that approach without admitting the obvious about college athletes.
So, instead, we’ll get more dithering, lauded by the likes of Tony Barnhart for what passes as “leadership” in college sports.
Prudence is nice, but what exactly is Greg Sankey going to discover in the next month that’s a game changer? If there’s one thing we’ve all learned over the past four months, it’s that nothing has changed, except for the emergence of players’ voices. And that’s the very thing that’s got the conferences more upset than dealing with the pandemic.
Dan Wolken has said a lot of stupid stuff about the pandemic, but on this, he’s accurate.
Don’t really see that changing in the next six weeks, but, hey, if there’s one thing we’ve had a huge supply of this year, it’s hope.
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