NCAA giving programs added flexibility this season in case coaching members test positive for COVID
While the vast majority of attention is being paid to keeping athletes healthy for the coming college football season, the group that would most likely be negatively affected by a COVID outbreak this season wouldn’t even be the players.
That would be the coaches, as their age and health status put them at a much higher risk factor for hospitalization if they catch the virus.
Taking that into consideration, credit the NCAA for actually making a good decision for once.
According to North Carolina head coach Mack Brown, who spoke with media members during a Zoom call on Tuesday, if active members of the on-the-field staff test positive for COVID during the season and have to quarantine away from the program, the NCAA is going to allow analysts to step up and serve as full-time members of the staff while that coach is away.
Mack Brown said that if CFB coaches get sick and need to step away from the program for a week or two, the NCAA will let them elevate analysts/those who aren't typically allowed to do on-field work to fill those roles temporarily.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 21, 2020
If Alabama’s defense has another breakdown in a big game, how long before Pete Golding mysteriously tests positive and has to go home for a few weeks, leaving Nick Saban to promote Charlie Strong to the defensive coordinator position in Tuscaloosa?