President Donald Trump explains why college football should be played in 2020
College football received its biggest endorsement Monday by President Donald Trump to play the 2020 season. He also later tweeted out a hype video for the sport.
Following reports the Big Ten would cancel the season, President Trump showed support for the players’ #WeWantToPlay movement, endorsing the season to happen despite COVID-19 concerns.
President Trump was a guest on FOX Sports Radio’s Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis Tuesday morning, and Travis asked the President why college football should return.
“First of all, those people in that sport are incredible people,” Trump said. “Some of the coaches like Nick Saban and Coach O; how bout Coach O? He’s central casting. And Lou Holtz is a fantastic friend of mine. So many others. They’re just great people, and they want to play football. These people (players) are so powerful and so strong and not lots of body fat, maybe none in some cases and they’re very healthy people. People don’t realize it’s a tiny percentage of people who get sick. They’re old. Especially old people with heart and weight problems.
“This attacks older people very viciously by the way. But these football players are very young, strong people physically. They’re not going to have a problem. Could it happen? I doubt it. You’re not going to see people dying. Young people have the sniffles. The state of California, almost nobody like zero, that was young had a serious problem. I think football is making a tragic mistake (if the season were to be canceled).”
Monday was a wild day in college football, with reports of the Big Ten and Pac-12 potentially canceling football this fall. However, the SEC, ACC and Big 12 have remained of the mindset of waiting longer to make a (better) final decision.
The Big Ten effectively tried to play bully to the other Power 5 Conferences, and Greg Sankey’s statement Monday taught new Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren a tough lesson — the SEC is the power broker in college football, not the Big Ten.