This is not the news most people wanted to hear three weeks until the first Saturday of college football.
According to Brett McMurphy of Stadium, those close to the situation believe that the 2020 college football season will be canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Power 5 source to @Stadium: “College football season is done. I don’t think everyone immediately follows MAC, but it gives other league presidents 1 more reason to make an easier decision. Biggest thing is unknown long-term impact of COVID & liability issues involved"— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 8, 2020
It has seemingly been trending in this direction. Saturday’s news that the Mid-American Conference (MAC) has canceled fall sports adds yet another layer to this belief.
Just as important as player safety to the NCAA is liability. How would it work if a player tested positive for the virus? The legality of the situation is of utmost importance to the money-oriented governing body. This comes after several other dominoes have fallen.
The University of Connecticut was the first big-time college football program to announce that it has canceled the 2020 season. That has wide-ranging ramifications on the American Athletic Conference and its teams.
Earlier this week, it was announced that one of the biggest FCS conferences has decided to cancel the season. The Big Sky consists of 13 teams and spans the entire west coast of the United States, from Montana to Arizona.
One of the alternatives being bandied about is playing this season in the spring, immediately ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. Given the number of top-end prospects who have already opted out of the 2020 season, this possibility makes sense. Although, the product might take a hit.