Dabo Swinney has acknowledged the possibility that the current spread of COVID-19 could impact the upcoming college football season. The Clemson head coach also knows that it’s not the most important concern right now, as the coronavirus continues to spread within the country.
The virus has already had an impact on Swinney’s preparation for the 2020 Clemson season. The Tigers had to cancel the balance of spring practice a few weeks ago, as the university shut down. The team was lucky enough to get off to an early start this spring. The nine practices they had were more than some programs were able to fit in before most of the nation’s schools cleared shut down for the rest of the semester.
The spread of the coronavirus effectively drove the sports world to a halt a few weeks ago. The NBA was one of the first major leagues to stop play, when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive. From there, the NHL followed suit, the MLB has delayed the start to its season, and the NFL has had to alter some offseason activities, including the NFL Draft and preparations for that major event.
College football has faced some smaller offseason consequences, mostly involving recruiting and spring practice, but there is hope that the season will be able to start on time. For Swinney, that is secondary right now though. ““Safety is first and foremost,” he said on a new video posted by the Clemson athletic department. “All you can do is let the powers that be make the decisions, and you go with it.”
He acknowledged the potential for an altered season this year if the virus isn’t under control in time. Rather than dwell on it though, Dabo Swinney says he’s keeping the faith.
“I’m very hopeful that we will be back at it, rolling, but who knows,” he said. “There’s certainly concern, but instead of being concerned, I’m just being faithful.”
Clemson is set to open the season a few days earlier than most of the sport. The Tigers open up on Thursday, Sept. 3 in Atlanta at Georgia Tech.
Hopefully the sports world doesn’t get interrupted any further, and we’ll all have some football to enjoy in a few months.