Lincoln Riley shares what possible spring CFB season could look like
The recent news of increased coronavirus cases on college campuses and elsewhere have some people like Paul Finebaum worried about the 2020 college football season. On Friday, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said he’s hopeful for a fall season but also laid out what a spring season might look like.
“I hope like hell we can play in the fall and do it as close as how we’ve always done it before,” Riley said on a Zoom call with the media, per ESPN’s Dave Wilson. “If we can do that, I’m all for it, if that’s the best option. But we’ve seen, at least right now, that the hot weather doesn’t affect this [virus] very much, which we kind of hoped it would.”
Riley, however, also thinks a spring season is a real possibility.
“I think the people who say it’s not [an option], in my opinion, just don’t want to think about it,” the Sooners head coach said on the call. “I just think it would be wrong of us to take any potential option off the table right now. I think it’d be very difficult to say the spring is not a potential option. I, for one, think it’s very doable.”
While there are some concerns about the NFL Draft and turnaround time for a fall 2021 season, Riley thinks it could work with a few modifications to the schedule.
“It’d probably be a conference season and postseason only,” Riley said on the Zoom call. “We’ve seen often teams go in and play well into January in the College Football Playoff and start spring practice at some point in February, and nobody says a word about that. You’d have to give players plenty of time off to get their bodies back in the summer. Maybe a little later start back the next fall.”