Everyone seems to have an strong opinion these days when it comes to Covid-19 and its impact on sports. While we all want sports to return this fall, the future of sports in the coming months remains cloudy to say the least.
College football remains a very hot topic and while the Power 5 conferences have began making their own decisions it has become more clear that perhaps we need a college football czar. In this unprecedented case, perhaps thing wouldn’t have been so confusing and uncertain. There would have been more uniformity across the board.
If you keep up with me, you’ll know where I stand on the upcoming season but if I’m wrong and it does work out, I can’t imagine this year’s playoff conversation. Some teams playing league only, some adding in a non-conference game, schedules being reconstructed all together, it’s going to be a mess.
A few days ago, former Clemson football coach Danny Ford, who led the Tigers to their first national championship in 1981, gave his thoughts on college football and the upcoming season to Fox Carolina Sports Director Aaron Cheslock:
“I’m not in charge of anything. But if I was, and I had the authority, then I would buy time. It wouldn’t be important enough for me to lose someone’s life to play football,” Ford said. “I don’t see anything wrong with waiting. The only way waiting can hurt you is financially.”
Then he took it a step further and might have ruffled some feathers, but it’s the truth whether you like it not. Because it’s always about the money. Always.
(Money) That’s the only thing people wanting to play football care about right now–and I should’t say all…some people care about our young people. But a great majority is worried about that bottom line and how they’re going to lose so much money….but we all need to be humbled in this situation.”Danny Ford
Ford said he’s in favor of the powers that be cancelling the season right now and taking steps to return safely in 2021.
“If they really want to go the safest and surest way, drop everything for a year and give it some time. Everyone should be eligible to come back and if you want to pass up that year to go pro, go pro. You can do it anyway and pass up your senior year so there’s no difference. But you can’t play two seasons, one in the spring and one in the fall. That’s just too much,” Ford said.
He added that the extra stress on the bodies of college football players would be detrimental to their careers and lives in general down the road and that it simply isn’t worth it.
Coach Ford, I’m (unfortunately) with you. I love college football and desperately look forward to a 2020 season, but not at the expense of putting others at risk–especially when that “other” is amateur athletes. I hope and pray they find a way to make it work but the safest way is to sideline football for the fall 2020.