College football is in disarray following Sunday’s report that the Big Ten was set to cancel its fall football season.
While cancelling the 2020 season may ultimately prove to be the best course of action due to the coronavirus, it still feels too early to make a final decision.
At least, that’s what the SEC and ACC seem to think.
Since word came down that the Big Ten was bowing out, reports have emerged that the SEC and ACC are still operating as though there will be football this fall.
For the ACC, Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde reports the league is still moving forward with plans for a season.
Sources: ACC ADs met today and are "moving forward in an attempt to play," in the words of one staffer. League presidents could be meeting today as well.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) August 10, 2020
The SEC appears to be doing the same, as ESPN”s Adam Rittenberg reports that the league is hoping to get multiple FBS seasons to commit to playing this fall.
Text from a college administrator: "SEC wants at least 2 P-5 and 1 G-5 conference to play this season." ACC and Big 12?— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 10, 2020
For now, the Pac-12 is also trending toward canceling its season, while the Big 12 remains a wild card.
Earlier today, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey issued a statement in support of waiting to make a decision on fall football.
...Deveoped testing protocols...We know concerns remain. We have never had a FB season in a COVID-19 environment. Can we play? I don’t know. We haven’t stopped trying. We support, educate and care for student-athletes every day, and will continue to do so...every day.— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) August 10, 2020
Again, not having football this fall may be the best course of action, but it’s only August 10th. We’re still over a month away from the SEC regular season beginning play, and most schools already have all of their players back on campus and working out together as fall camp gets set to start.
We may be simply delaying the inevitable, but it would be nice to keep some sliver of hope for a season alive for at least a few more weeks, especially with the strong outcry of players saying they want to play.
Do you think conferences should cancel the football season now, or should they wait a little while longer to make a final decision? Let us know in the comments section!