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Yahoo Sports: "Hope is being vanquished" for football in the fall


After another record weekend of coronavirus cases in America, confidence in college football happening this fall continues to dwindle. Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel just published a particularly bleak article on the matter featuring quotes from Power 5 coaches, athletic directors, and high ranking officials. Under the cloak of anonymity, all said that the prospect of football this fall is a pipe dream.

“Ultimately, no one is playing football in the fall,” said a high-ranking college official. “It’s just a matter of how it unfolds. As soon one of the ‘autonomy five’ or Power Five conferences makes a decision, that’s going to end it.”

“I hope I’m wrong, but I think the season being canceled is a foregone conclusion,” a Power Five coach told Yahoo Sports on Sunday.

Well, that’s just swell. What makes college football so improbable? Thamel says there are just too many variables to control, especially with a virus that we still don’t fully understand.

College football remains a four-touchdown underdog, thanks to individual campuses, academic requirements and the inability to take 13,000 FBS players and put them in a bubble. If the NBA’s ability to play in a bubble that reportedly costs $150 million is being regarded as tenuous, the chances of college football being played in some recognizable form in the fall are similar to attempting to keep a candle lit while walking 10 miles in a hurricane.

Sigh. To read the rest, head on over to Yahoo Sports.

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