Sunday, August 9, 2020

Reports: Momentum building for possible cancellation of college football season, fall sports

Kansas head coach Les Miles watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Kansas head coach Les Miles watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)


It could be much longer than expected before Kansas football head coach Les Miles can lead the Jayhawks into his second season with the program.

According to a Sunday evening report from Sports Illustrated, a decision to cancel all NCAA Division I fall sports, including FBS football, because of the COVID-19 pandemic could come as soon as this week.

SI’s Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger reported one anonymous Power Five conference commissioner said college football has reached a “critical stage” and the boards for the conferences will be meeting in the days ahead.

“We have work to do that is no fun,” the conference commissioner told SI.

A day after the Big Ten had its football programs pause preseason practice progressions to hold off on hitting in full pads, SI reported Sunday that its sources say the Big Ten is moving closer to canceling the 2020 season. The Big Ten, per SI, is communicating with leaders of other Power Five conferences to possibly make a uniform decision later this week.

The MAC on Friday became the first FBS conference to cancel conference play this fall due to the pandemic.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told the Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls Sunday night the MAC’s move is something Power Five commissioners will consider, but “I don’t know if it makes our decision for us.”

Bowlsby also told Bohls the Power Five conference commissioners had a regularly scheduled conference call Sunday, and they “haven’t made any decisions yet.”

Bowlsby also expects the Big 12 to complete its fall football schedule this week, Bohls reported. But Bowlsby also was asked about the likelihood of there being college football this fall.

"I don't have anything other than our experts' opinions to draw upon,” Bowlsby said. “Have we made progress? Probably not. Have they told us to shut it all down? No, they have not."

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported two Power Five commissioners downplayed the nature of Sunday’s conference call, and that there was no indication on whether conferences will have a united announcement.

The Jayhawks began preseason practices on July 31 in preparation for an Aug. 29 opener that reportedly would be moved back if the season isn’t called off.


Steve Corder 2 years, 3 months ago

2020: The Phony Season of American Sports. Phony cardboard-imaged fans. Phony stadiums with piped-in noise. Now phony athletic leadership that can’t make a decision that lasts more than a week or two.

I’m tired.

Bee Bee 2 years, 3 months ago

It's meant to wear you down an piss you off. It's an election year.

Marc Frey 2 years, 3 months ago

I do not have my heart set on fall sports..NCAA of my daughters Sr yearvin HS. Cross Country, Basketball, or Soccer.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 3 months ago

As a country, we had ample opportunity to prevent all of this. It wasn’t complicated and it wasn’t really even that hard. Just do five or six things for 10 or 12 weeks, but that was far too tough for a country full of whiners with sidearms.

It was an enormous, missed opportunity to come together, be team players and score a win. But if you don’t do the work, you rarely get the results.

And I feel most sorry for people like Marc’s daughter. I’m guessing she would have been willing to do just about anything necessary to make it happen. She’s probably confused why we wouldn’t.

Captain Bone Spur keeps hoping for a miracle. That’s about what it will take once college students return, start heading to house parties, having a few beverages and doing the things we all did.

In the end, you mostly are what you do. And you get mostly what you’ve earned. Unless you were given $30 million to start your “career” and you’ve never learned how to grind out anything. Especially a win.

Marc Frey 2 years, 3 months ago

In Wisconsin, we closed down for 8 weeks. Masks were optional. But here, 975 have died, out of 5.7 Million. No children deaths yet. Only 284 in hospitals today. 99% of athletes in the 20s would not know they had Covid if not tested. It does not affect them. Yes, bummed my daughter may miss out on sports. More worried about my son who works for Learfied/IMG.

Bee Bee 2 years, 3 months ago

Snowflakes come in all shapes, sizes and ages.

Dane Pratt 2 years, 3 months ago

Says the fan sitting safely and comfortably in front of his TV.

James Hubin 2 years, 3 months ago

Especially the snowflakes that have no problem complying with wearing shirt, shoes, and pants or respectfully taking their hat off during the National Anthem, but somehow find it impossible to wear a mask in the grocery store.

Me not wearing pants may make you sick to your stomach, but it certainly isn't going to give your grandma Covid like not wearing a mask could.

Curtis Blankenship 2 years, 3 months ago

We are seeing now that sports can work in a controlled environment (Premier). I hope Big 12 takes a leadership position to move forward with this, instead of being the conference that schools leave.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 3 months ago

Brett is not the only person that has blamed the irresponsible “others” for the ongoing pandemic. If you listen to most leaders though, CV is not going away, so unless you live in a self sustaining bubble, and can remain there for 1-3 years, it must be dealt with.

Marc is right, though research even goes beyond athletes. It applies to everyone that goes outside in the sunshine, because the body naturally produces vitamin D when exposed to sunshine. Research has repeatedly shown that beyond 99% of the people with adequate levels of vitamin D have minimal impact from the virus and vice versa. And there are no side effects for the immune compromised - aside from staying out too long and getting a sunburn. It only takes 30-60 minutes a day, but that’s not what we’re being told. Instead, we are being force fed a diet of masks, future vaccines, ... that might have a 50% success rate.

James Hubin 2 years, 3 months ago

There may be something to vitamin D and the virus, but it seems very similar to saying vitamin C will help with the common cold. Maybe it will help, maybe it won't.

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