Paul Finebaum says anyone suggesting college football will start on time in front of full stadiums is 'full of crap'
Paul Finebaum didn’t hold anything back in his latest ESPN interview.
The SEC Network host took issue with anyone claiming that the college football season is going ahead as planned based on the events in recent days and weeks following the increase in positive coronavirus tests being reported around the country and on college campuses.
The way Finebaum views it, the outlook for the college football season appeared to be trending in the right direction weeks ago but that has all changed recently.
During a Wednesday appearance on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” show, the SEC Network called out anyone seriously suggesting things haven’t changed when it comes to the fall season being played as usual.
“Not to sound like a lot of people, but if you go back to Memorial Day, I felt great,” Finebaum said on the show. “I may have even expressed that to you guys at some point. Not anymore. I think the only people who are selling delusion and hope right now are folks who run college football. They’re talking about on-time beginnings in full stadiums, and they’re all full of crap.”
Finebaum then pointed toward the NBA’s issues to restart its season down in Orlando. If the professional leagues can’t manage to start back up, how realistic is it that college football will be able to manage to do so?
“It’s time to start speaking realistically. I mean, I heard Adam Silver the other day say, ‘Yeah, we might just shut things down.’ I mean, you have to be realistic and I think for too long, college executives have been selling hope,” Finebaum continued. “The push to get players back on campus, the push to do all of these things, which is fine, we’re not, none of us are against college football, we’re all huge fans. But it’s reality time now.
“It’s July 1, and anyone who believes that the college football season is in good shape is wrong. I mean, I don’t even know what the best-case scenario I could give you right now is. I do believe that if there is a season, it won’t start on time. And I’m beginning to seriously question whether there will be a season or not.”
Of all the statements Finebaum just made, that last comment may be the one that stings the most. Thankfully, we still have plenty of time before final decisions have to be made when it comes to the upcoming season but things will likely have to start trending back the other direction if the season is going to be played as scheduled.