You think you’re missing sports? Imagine how coaches and players are feeling these days. Pounding that point home with an anvil, one college football program provided the perfect quote to describe just how badly it wants the season to take place.
During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Virginia Tech head football coach Justin Fuente and athletic director Whit Babcock made it clear they are willing to go anywhere and do anything it takes to play football this season.
How far are #Hokies Whit Babcock & Justin Fuente willing to go to play football this year: "Football on the moon in January."— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) April 8, 2020
"If it’s not safe enough for fans & students to come back, I would have a hard time operating a football game under that premise.”https://t.co/RGjJicJAOK
Babcock added that, “We would be open to shifting the season, even if it overlapped with other sports,” noting that the football revenue the Gamecocks generate is “critical” to keeping other sports going for the university.
#Hokies AD Whit Babcock on the football season: "We would be open to shifting the season, even if it overlapped with other sports."— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) April 8, 2020
Said football revenue is "critical" for other sports.
This isn’t a unique sentiment, by any means. Universities rely on revenue generated by their football programs to prop up other sports, which are actually costing money in the grand scheme of things.
Football contributes 80 percent to the average FBS budget. Imagine if that went away if college football was cancelled. The results would be chilling. https://t.co/TWyU3aTKbH— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) March 25, 2020
There is plenty of talk that the college football season may actually have to wait until the spring as the United States continues to fight the battle against COVID-19 and most states remain under “shelter-in-place” orders. Some are concerned that the 2020 college football season could ultimately be canceled.
With that in mind, it’s hardly surprising to hear the Virginia Tech program so vehemently pushing for any option to get the games back on at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later.