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Will we watch college football this fall?

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Hello fellow Coug fans. It’s another Saturday without sports. I’ve lost track of how long it’s been since the last sporting event. I know WSU completed the last men’s basketball game a month ago today. Since then? Just WWE in front of empty seats, basically.

This all won’t last forever. But when will we see live sports again? For this site’s purposes, will the college football season begin on time? If so, will you attend?

Seton Hall University conducted a survey asking fans if they’d attend a game with no coronavirus vaccine available. Of the 762 respondents—a small sample size—72% said they would not.

I’d be interested in the same poll results a month from now. And two months.

As for when sports will resume, we’ve had all sorts of opinions.

Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t think football will be played at all in 2020—NFL or college. He’s just a college football analyst. But an actual doctor in Santa Clara County isn’t too far away in the same thinking.

Dr. Jeff Smith, a county official in Santa Clara County, doesn’t think we’ll have sporting events until Thanksgiving—at the earliest.

And then you have people like Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State expressing his need for his team to be back on campus on May 1 because they’re young and can fight off the virus. Or something.

So what’s the right projection for when we’d see college football? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If we do have college football, it’ll likely be with fans in the stadium. Like UCLA’s Chip Kelly said, it’d be pretty bad if schools deemed football games unsafe for fans to attend but perfectly safe for players to play (in regards to the coronavirus, at least).

It’s April 11, and things can change quickly, as we’ve seen. Who knows, perhaps some pockets of America will still be hot spots for the virus, while others aren’t. Sports leagues are already looking at playing at neutral sites (like the NHL going to North Dakota and MLB going to Arizona and Florida), and it wouldn’t surprise me to see, say, the Stanford Cardinal, play all their games on the road. This, of course, opens up other issues related to travel and such, but I’m sure some administrator has kicked around the idea.

All we can do is take it day by day. And wash our hands.

So long, Daron Henson



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