Paul Finebaum says moving CFB season to the spring 'still a last resort' but that possibility remains an option
Moving the college football season to the spring would not be ideal for any college program but if that’s what has to be done to play the upcoming season, it’s safe to assume that move will be attempted.
Based on what Paul Finebaum had to say during his most recent appearance on ESPN morning show “Get Up,” that’s what the leadership of college football has been discussing in recent weeks as many states across the country have experienced upticks in positive COVID-19 tests.
“It is still a last resort, but that last resort maybe the next resort pretty soon because of the current status of the country,” Finebaum said on the show. “College football administrators have spent all spring looking at contingencies, how to open up, how to get to Labor Day Weekend and now they are extremely nervous about what they’re seeing, what we’re all seeing, around the country.
“So quietly, they are whispering the spring football concept. They don’t want to do it. There are so many problems, primarily the best players will not play, or will likely not play. And besides, in some parts of the country, it is bitter cold, but in a couple of weeks, this could become a very big conversation.”
It’s interesting that Finebaum notes “college football administrators” are currently discussing these possibilities, meaning more than just an outlier or two are at least open to the idea.
Based on the feedback he’s received, the SEC Network host shed some light on what moving the season to the spring could look like for college football.
“Well, probably a shortened season because there’s no way you could get 12 games in,” Finebaum commented. “You’d have to start in January, and I don’t think that’s doable in very many parts of the country — even in parts of the South. So you would probably play a 10-game season, maybe an all conference season.
“So those are some of the things that you’re looking at. You just have to go ahead and say, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and company will not be around because the NFL overtures have been made and the NFL is saying, we’re not changing the draft we don’t really care. Thank you very much.”
If the season is moved to the spring and elite prospects from across the nation and the SEC do indeed sit out, there’s no telling how that could affect the season. While it’s all speculation at this point, moving the season to the spring may just open the door for an underdog contender to surprise and potentially make a run at the College Football Playoff — provided, of course, it’s held following the spring.