Athletic Directors Pushing to Keep CFB Alive


Joseph Bender, Sports Editor

With the Cornavirus currently putting all sports in limbo, College Football is one of the last sports that hasn’t been axed yet. School Athletic Directors are trying to do all they can to preserve this year’s season, with many schools relying on the season financially to keep going. AD’s are doing all they can to keep the season going and are trying to do anything to make it happen. Popular College Football Analyst Brett McMurphy reported this week that 112 football programs have considered breaking up the 12 game regular season, throughout the fall and spring semesters, holding the CFB Playoff in May or even June, with a 9 game regular season or just having the players and no student bodies at large. “If we have to delay the start of the season, we could split it between two semesters,” a anonymous AD said. “Some bowls many not occur because of this, but we could play a full season, a majority of the bowls and the playoffs.

Athletic Directors are doing all they can to make sure we see College Football in the 2020-2021 season, as it’s relied on for most schools to keep going financially and be able to produce other sports. Along with moving ahead financially, many schools have renovations and updates on their stadiums that are also being affected by COVID-19. At Williams Brice Stadium, home of the South Carolina Gamecocks major renovations are currently on the way on the almost 100 year old stadium. Athletic Director Ray Tanner said this week that construction is going full speed ahead, as if constructed was halted, the Gamecocks would probably have to find somewhere else to play if the CFB season started on schedule. Clemson is also moving forward with it’s North and South end zone projects, as their trying to get certain aspects of those renovations ready for 2020 and the following year.

Athletic Directors and the NCAA are continuing to work to come up with a solution to the season before it’s too late, as it’s now a waiting game to see how extreme the virus gets, and if it will weaken with warmer summer temps.