Non-conference games have been slashed. New conference-only schedules have been made. The start date has been pushed back nearly a month — and yet, here we are. Even after all of that, we’re facing the real threat of losing the entire college football season to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Things are changing by the minute, and it feels like we’ll have some sort of clarity soon. But for now, we’ll keep this post update with the latest news from the college football world. There’s A LOT to digest here, and we welcome you to discuss in the comments.
The newest updates will appear at the top.
THURSDAY: August 13th
- ... and then there’s this. So, uh, who knows?
"We cannot, at this point, have fall NCAA championships."— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) August 13, 2020
NCAA President Mark Emmert discusses the latest developments in fall sports and looks ahead to winter and spring championships.
Hear more on the NCAA Social Series TONIGHT at 7 p.m. ET from @NCAA. pic.twitter.com/DpuIdqQrhj
- The College Football Playoff committee is preparing for the 2020 season.
CFP is preparing for the 2020 season. A reminder that four of the 10 FBS conference are not playing. pic.twitter.com/rAxDOjGZaH— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 13, 2020
- No FCS football this fall.
All FCS conferences have canceled their fall football seasons. https://t.co/EAnHg25Owy— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 13, 2020
WEDNESDAY: August 12th
- The Big 12 has released a revised schedule.
- The Big 12 voted to roll forward with a fall season last night, basically saving the season for the time being.
The Big 12 *saved* the fall, for now.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 12, 2020
Inside tonight’s meeting: new cardiac protocols & vigorous debate.
Delaying inevitable? Maybe, but hope.
Source: “You wonder if you’re playing in October, and if you’re the Big Ten, saying ‘Why aren’t we playing?’”https://t.co/DwP3LNRTSK
TUESDAY: August 11th
- And now down goes the Pac-12, as expected.
And now this....— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2020
College football crumbling.... pic.twitter.com/XhUt6RwA17
- And there it is. The Big Ten will reportedly postpone its season and attempt to play in the spring.
- Some seemingly good news from the ACC.
Added: “The whole purpose of delaying the season was to navigate the return of students. We deserve the opportunity to get to that hurdle and re-assess once that happens.” 2/2— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 11, 2020
- An update from the Pac-12.
Update on the Pac-12: Pac-12 coaches and ADs got a sobering medical perspective from a group of Pac-12 doctors last night. Source called it “eye opening” and the information on myocarditis “made it real.” 1/2— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 11, 2020
MONDAY: August 10th
- The Mountain West joins the MAC in canceling their football season.
More news: Mountain West cancels fall football season because of COVID player health & safety concerns, sources told @Stadium. League will consider playing in spring. MW & MAC are 1st two FBS leagues opting not to play, bringing total to 26 FBS programs https://t.co/LPi7iX4tzA— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 10, 2020
- Tennessee wants to play. Chancellor Plowman confirms.
This afternoon, I met with our football team and staff to have an open conversation about playing football this fall. At the end of our discussion, I asked if they wanted to play football and the answer was a resounding YES. pic.twitter.com/cg9AFw4J86— Donde Plowman (@DondePlowman) August 10, 2020
- And here’s a statement from SEC commish Greg Sankey. He says that his league is in no rush to make a decision.
...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
- Apparently the Big Ten hasn’t voted on canceling the season after all. Previous reports stated that presidents voted 12-2 in favor of canceling.
Just got a text from a Big Ten spokesman. "No vote has been held by our presidents and chancellors." Hence, the Big Ten watch continues.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 10, 2020
- It’s pretty clear that there’s a disconnect between players/coaches and University Presidents.
Michigan and Ohio State's official Twitter accounts have officially come out in protest of the decision their presidents are apparently making. Wild times.— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) August 10, 2020
- Scott Satterfield says that he was told the ACC is moving forward no matter what other conferences do.
Satterfield said as of this morning he was told the ACC is moving forward no matter what other conferences do.— Cameron Teague (@cj_teague) August 10, 2020
"That's what we will do until we hear otherwise."
- Jim Harbaugh and other members of the Michigan staff responded to those reports of the Big Ten potentially canceling their season, saying they want to play.
Letter from Jim Harbaugh on wanting to play the season and why he thinks it can happen. pic.twitter.com/wUlf8q4vYr— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) August 10, 2020
- The Big Ten and Pac-12 are reportedly on the brink of canceling their seasons. Dan Patrick also said that the SEC was trying to delay so they could get other teams to join them (!!) for this season.
DP was told an hour ago that the Big 10 and Pac 12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow... The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence.. And the SEC is trying to get teams to join them for a season.— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 10, 2020
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