Time to accept college football’s reality and plan for alternatives


The novel coronavirus has arrived on the doorstep of college athletics. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott shared Friday night that he, like more than three million Americans, tested positive for COVID-19. He’s currently working from home and self-quarantining.

This was big news. And it came on the heels of his league announcing that it would go to a conference-only schedule for the fall football season. Which came on the heels of the Big Ten announcing the same thing a day earlier. Which came on the heels of the Ivy League canceling all fall sport competition a day before that.

Oh, and both Ohio State and North Carolina just suspended athletes’ voluntary workouts due to positive tests. This past week has served as a reality check to those college athletic administrators who had been lulled into a false sense of security as states reopened businesses, college athletes returned to campus and the summer grew hotter.

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