With coronavirus cases and spikes growing throughout pockets of the United States as July approaches, SEC insider Paul Finebaum gave a grim update on the possibility of the college football season starting in late August, as planned, while speaking on ESPN's "Get Up" Friday morning.
"College football is just an absolute hot mess right now. I mean, you have so many different views and really no leader, as has been pointed out many many times.
"Greg Sankey, the SEC Commissioner, joined us last night on our program, and he said that conference alone has between 15 and 20 contingency plans. I mean, I don’t know where you come up with all those. But, they refuse to admit that this is going to be an insurmountable challenge.
"I think what (ESPN personality Laura Rutledge) said is really where you have to keep your eye on. By now we thought we would know everything. We don’t know anything. And I think we’re now pointing toward mid-July for the next big decision, and I think many people in college football privately, nobody publicly is saying this, but privately are saying that the likelihood of the season being delayed is very good.”
Also on Friday, Morehouse College canceled all fall sports programs, including football, because of COVID-19 concerns.
Last week, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said "it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall" without entities such as the NCAA and NFL embracing a "bubble" format similar to how the NHL, NBA, Major League Soccer, and National Women's Soccer League intend to return to play this summer.