West Virginia is set to take on Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on September 5. It would be the season opener for both teams.
Of course, college football is still working out whether or not it will play as scheduled this fall. There’s still a chance the season will be delayed due to COVID-19.
This afternoon, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee appeared on “The Paul Finebaum Show.” During his spot, Gee was asked for the chances that the Mountaineers and Seminoles play as anticipated on Labor Day Weekend.
Gee said the odds are “fairly high” that happens, adding that the Big 12 and the rest of the Power 5 are doing “a lot of hard word” trying to make the season happen.
West Virginia President Gordon Gee on the chances his school plays its Sept. 5 opener vs. FSU. "I think it's fairly high. If we had hope without hard work, that would be dumb. But we’re doing a lot of hard work, and so are all of the Power 5 conferences.”
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 18, 2020
You may remember it was Gee who said last week that WVU was planning on having football in the fall, “even if I have to suit up.”
WVU President Dr. E. Gordon Gee: "We are going to play football in the Fall, even if I have to suit up."@WOWK13News @WestVirginiaU @WVUathletics #CollegeFootball #WVU @gordongee pic.twitter.com/YI5pTO3uGG
— Anna Maria Tarullo (@tarullotweets) May 14, 2020
He later added those remarks on Twitter.
“We all want to see football back this fall, but only if it can be done safely,” Gee tweeted. “The health of our student-athletes, our staff and our fans must be our top priority in any plan to return to the field. Until then, I will be practicing my stiff arm at home!”
We all want to see football back this fall, but only if it can be done safely. The health of our student-athletes, our staff and our fans must be our top priority in any plan to return to the field. Until then, I will be practicing my stiff arm at home! pic.twitter.com/Kw2kMhbOeE
— E. Gordon Gee (@gordongee) May 14, 2020
Over the next couple of weeks, we will likely hear about schools making decisions on when they will allow athletes to return to campus.
After that happens, we’ll have a better idea if we’ll get college football this fall.