Athletic directors pondering several contingency plans in case 2020 season is delayed due to coronavirus
At this point, it’s fair to wonder if there will even be a college football season in 2020 but rest assured, the sport’s power brokers are exploring all avenues to ensure the season does take place.
That’s the feedback shared by Brett McMurphy of Stadium, who has reached out to over 100 athletic directors across the country to gauge their thoughts on what the 2020 college football season could look like, even if the season is forced to be delayed.
The one constant in the feedback McMurphy received is how important the revenue generated by college football is to each and every college athletic department around the country. If football cannot be played, sports are likely to be cut and many jobs are likely to be lost.
To avoid those scenarios, ADs are discussing the possibility of pushing the season into two semesters, starting the season in the winter or starting next spring.
“If we have to delay the start of the season, we could split it between two semesters,” a Power Five AD said to McMurphy. “Some bowls may not occur because of this, but we could play a full season, a majority of the bowls and the playoffs.
Here’s what McMurphy wrote when discussing starting the season in the winter:
Multiple athletic directors said if a fall football season can’t occur, a last-gasp possibility would be starting the season in January or February. It could mean the College Football Playoff’s semifinals from the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl could be held in May, and the national title game from Miami Gardens might be played in late May/early June around the Memorial Day holiday.
One other alternative being discussed, if the season is played but needs to be shortened, some ADs are considering dropping non-conference games and just playing league games.
You can check out McMurphy’s full, in-depth reporting on the subject over at Stadium here.