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Conference Commissioners say sports can resume even if classes are online

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An interesting development.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Will there be a 2020 college football season?

That’s what millions of fans, players coaches and administrators are asking as the COVID-19 pandemic puts the status nearly every event small or little in doubt.

Not long ago, the NCAA’s conference Commissioners came to the conclusion that there would be no college sports if there are no students on campus after a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence.

That appears to have to changed, as this week, Brett McMurphy of Stadium says multiple conference commissioners told him student-athletes would not be prevented from returning to campus to play sports such as football if classes are limited to online-only instruction.

“Going to class in an online sense is satisfactory,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told Stadium. “There’s room for that to happen. School has to be in session, student-athletes have to be going to class.”

This comes just a few weeks after he said there would be no sports if there would not be in-person classes.

Thus, take this development with a grain of salt as the status of the pandemic will be the deciding factor in when or if the 2020 season will kickoff.