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Will we watch college football this fall?

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Nobody knows.

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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

HEY!

Links

Persistence helped Washington State land Dishon Jackson, the top center commit in program history | The Spokesman-Review
The St. Patrick-St. Vincent big man committed to the Cougars on Saturday, making him the ninth-rated recruit in school history, per 247Sports. He’s set to become the first four-star center to sign at WSU and the first four-star prospect to join the Cougars since Que Johnson.

Cal Football: Previewing the Bears' 2020 Opponents -- Game 5: WSU Cougars
WSU will have a lot of change in 2020 but running back Max Borghi provides the Cougars with a solid starting point on offense.

Anthony Gordon: 5 things to know about the 2020 NFL Draft prospect | Fox News
Anthony Gordon is a quarterback who is looking to make the jump from college to the pros.

2020 NFL Draft Chicago Bears Scouting Report: QB Anthony Gordon
We break down the scouting report on QB Anthony Gordon and if he's a fit or not for the Chicago Bears.

Poll: Sports fans won't attend games without coronavirus vaccine
A majority of fans in a recent poll said they would not attend games before a vaccine is developed for the coronavirus.

Report: Washington State’s Daron Henson enters NCAA transfer portal | The Spokesman-Review
Daron Henson, a sharpshooter who played only spot minutes for Washington State in Kyle Smith’s first season, will apparently explore his options to play elsewhere next season.