The Coronavirus has had a major impact on people’s lives and on the sports world. However, the NCAA Tournament being canceled, and numerous other events being suspended might not be the last of it.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit went on ESPN radio and gave his thoughts on the upcoming NFL and college football seasons saying the he would be “shocked” if either of them happens.
“I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football,” Herbstreit said, via a TMZ transcript. “I’ll be so surprised if that happens.”
247 Sports noted that sporting events began getting canceled on March 10th when the Ivy League announced that it was canceling their Ivy League basketball tournaments. Soon after, all the major conferences also canceled, followed by the NCAA canceling all of March Madness.
As we currently stand, no football games have been canceled or postponed but spring practice has been impacted and we are getting close to the virus impacting the seasons, according to Herbstreit.
“Just because from what I understand, people that I listen to, you’re 12 to 18 months from a [coronavirus] vaccine. I don’t know how you let these guys go into locker rooms and let stadiums be filled up and how you can play ball. I just don’t know how you can do it with the optics of it.” Herbstreit said. “Next thing you know you got a locker room full of guys that are sick. And that’s on your watch? I wouldn’t want to have that.”
Even Mark Stoops expressed concerns about the upcoming season being impacted saying, “We’re going to continue to work and prepare to play that opening game. That’s where my mindset is. To say it hasn’t crossed my mind or I don’t think about it, that’s a lie.”
We don’t know for sure if the NFL and college football seasons will be canceled, but the best thing for us to do right now is continuing to follow the guidelines that the government is putting out for us to follow.
Practicing social distancing, as well as self-quarantining from others, washing hands, avoiding hand to hand or physical contact with others to limit the chances of catching and spreading the virus.
We will be keeping you updated on any news that comes out about the upcoming college and NFL football seasons.