COVID-19 Leaves College Football Season in Limbo

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In just four short months college football is scheduled to kickoff. While this may excite some the future of college football this year is still very much up in the air. Not one of the 14 schools in the Big Ten Conference can say for sure they will have students back on campus this fall. No students means no football.

The University of Minnesota is one of 14 teams in the Big Ten conference hoping for their season to go on as originally scheduled.

Minnesota is currently set to be the first Big Ten team to play this season with its first game scheduled to kickoff against Florida Atlantic on September 3rd.

As of right now organized team activities are on hold until at least June 1, the situation will be re-evaluated then. The coronavirus pandemics’ continuous unfolding has kept universities from making definitive decisions about the fall semester, which typically begins in late August. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren stated that;

“The conference is at least six weeks away from making any determinations about the fall sports season.”

The decision to reopen colleges will lie with individual college presidents working with state and local health officials, many Big Ten schools are beginning plans for reopening campuses but are without a solid solution just yet.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels said students will be back on campus “in typical numbers” this fall, adding that Purdue will remain

“sober about the certain problems that the COVID-19 virus represents, but determined not to surrender helplessly to those difficulties but to tackle and manage them aggressively and creatively.”

Minnesota along with Maryland, Rutgers, Northwestern is still in the planning stage for the upcoming fall semester. While Indiana President Michael A. McRobbie wrote in an email to the university community last week that it

“would not be realistic or even responsible to promise a full resumption of in-person activity in the fall” while the potential still exists for a recurrence of the virus.

The NCAA’s top doctor said he is cautiously optimistic that there will be college sports in the fall as long as leaders take a methodical approach. Dr. Brian Hainline said any plans to reopen would have to involve widespread testing for coronavirus.

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