NCAA chief medical officer shares latest thoughts on fall sports season
Just as the SEC football community was reacting to the conference’s reveal of the 2 additional opponents for all 14 games, the NCAA’s chief medical officer offered a sobering reminder that the fall sports season may not happen.
During a “Twitter-cast” hosted by the NCAA’s official account, chief medical officer Brian Hainline remarked that the 2020 college sports season is in an “exceptionally narrow” place. While not writing off the possibility of a season, it’s far from guaranteed.
“Almost everything will have to be perfectly aligned to move forward,” Hainline said during the social media event.
The NCAA does not control the FBS college football championship and postseason (bowl games, College Football Playoff), but the NCAA’s decision on fall championships for Olympic sports is still expected to have a significant impact on the college football season. Roughly a week ago, it was reported that Power 5 conference leaders were looking at the possibility of holding their own championships separate from the NCAA, a move that could help “justify” having an FBS college football season if the NCAA cancels championships for other fall sports.
NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline says on NCAA Twitter-cast that college sports is in an “exceptionally narrow” place in terms of having fall sports. “Almost everything will have to be perfectly aligned to move forward.”
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) August 7, 2020