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Thursday Quickies: Spring Football (?) Edition

Could football be pushed back due to COVID-19 concerns?

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Could college football be played in the spring instead of the fall?

While it seemed momentum was moving toward a traditional start to the college football season in September, rising cases of COVID-19 in several states across the country have many wondering about the likelihood of college football starting on time.

And it seems the Ivy League may be getting ready to announce a plan that will push their football season into the spring.

According to Adam Zagoria, a source is confident that the conference’s announcement on July 8 will include the decision to move the conference’s football season to spring. One report, from TMG Sports, said the conference is considering a move that will push football season to April with a seven-game conference season that would finish in mid-May.

This doesn’t make it a foregone conclusion that all the conferences will make such a decision. The financial aspect certainly is one of the top considerations for many of these conferences and universities, and the reality is that moving the season would have financial ramifications, much more so for a conference like the SEC as opposed to the Ivy League.

But it isn’t necessarily out of the question either.

According to the Greenville News, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said he will not allow high school or college football games in the state this fall if coronavirus cases continue to trend upward.

If other governors follow suit with McMaster, leagues like the SEC may have to begin looking at other options.

There are still a lot of moving parts, and it’s clear that we none really have any clue as to how things with this virus will change moving forward. However, decisions about football will need to be made in the coming weeks. It seems now there may be more uncertainty than at any point in recent weeks.

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