Slowly but surely, the college football season is getting close, at least we hope it is. Let’s check out everything you might have missed from the past few days.
The Waiting Game
The powers that be in the college football power conferences are waiting until the end of July to make any declarations about the season being able to start on time. Multiple conference commissioners have admitted that things are not trending in the right direction, including SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.
Meanwhile, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says that until he hears from government or health officials, his conference will continue to go ahead with plans to play. Of course, individual schools need to make decisions about allowing students back to campus or not, which could complicate things further.
The bottom line is that until the spread of the virus nationally starts to slow down, there will be growing pessimism about the fate of the college football season.
See You in the Spring
While we’re hoping for football in the fall, the Ivy League is leaning heavily toward a spring season. According to reports, several Ivy League coaches believe the league will announce this week that all fall sports will move to the spring.
In March, the Ivy League was ahead of other conferences in canceling its basketball tournament, and that could be the case again. Given the recent surge in cases, the power conferences could once again follow the Ivies’ lead and move things to the spring.
Put on Pause
Last week, Kansas became the latest football program to pause voluntary workouts because of an outbreak within the team. The Jayhawks had roughly a dozen players test positive for COVID-19. That’s up from three players within the program who tested positive the previous week.
Kansas is planning on all football players to self-quarantine for two weeks before being tested again. Of course, Arizona has also halted workouts while the likes of LSU, Clemson, and others have reported at least two dozen players testing positive.
Out of nowhere, Austin Peay Head Coach Mark Hudspeth resigned last week. Hudspeth said it was for family reasons and that he would return to coaching “at the right time.” He spent just one season at Austin Peay, leading the Governors to an Ohio Valley Conference title and the FCS Quarterfinals.
Hudspeth previously had successful stints at North Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette, although he had to forfeit wins with the Ragin’ Cajuns because of NCAA violations. Marquase Lovings has been named the interim coach at Austin Peay.
The Next in Line
Oklahoma may have found the next quarterback to lead the way and contend for a Heisman. The Sooners have received a commitment from Caleb Williams, the top quarterback prospect in the class of 2021. Williams ultimately chose Oklahoma over LSU and Maryland, who were his other finalists.
The Washington, D.C. product will join a growing lineage of star quarterbacks at Oklahoma under Lincoln Riley. The Sooners have produced two of the last three Heisman winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, who both went on to become the top overall pick in the NFL Draft.
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