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

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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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