Given the current coronavirus pandemic, there's a great deal of uncertainty regarding whether college football season is going to be played this year. Kirk Herbstreit, for one, thinks it's a long shot. But another report that dropped Friday night suggests there is some talk of moving the season up.
Michael Smith of the Sports Business Journal reports that an "alternative" scenario could come into play - where college football season starts in July and ends by September. The idea would only make sense if the virus subsided in the summer months.
Obviously, there would be a lot of logistical problems with the idea - the biggest being that people would still get sick, even if it were in smaller numbers. But colleges would also have to figure out how to actually host the games in the summer - and fans would have to decide if they wanted to come out. There's also the fact that some of these games would be being played in very, very hot weather.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports says that he spoke with a high-ranking college athletics administrator, who had not heard that the idea was being discussed.
It's hard to see this happening - even if it makes sense when it comes to the spreading of the virus. Football simply isn't a summer sport - for a lot of reasons.
If you're wondering whether all of this is premature - maybe. But Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said this week that players would realistically need to start training on July 1 to play this season. That's only three months away.
Hopefully, we get college football in 2020. But the country has much bigger issues it's dealing with at the moment.