2020 College Football Season still up in the air
Last updated 7/28/2020 at 9:03pm
Last week more than two dozen Division I conferences lobbied the NCAA’s highest
governing body to delay a decision on fall football championships until a majority of the leagues
determine whether to even have regular-season competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic,
according to an Associated Press article.
The NCAA Board of Governors agreed that it must continue to thoughtfully and
aggressively monitor health conditions around the country and its implementation of the
pandemic’s guidelines issued last week.
The College Commissioners Association, comprised of commissioners from all 32
Division I conferences sent a letter to the NCAA’s board saying it was “concerned to learn the
board is contemplating taking action soon to cancel all fall season NCAA championships”
because of concerns related to COVID-19, according to the article.
The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 4 and the CCA’s letter recommended
delaying any decision on fall championships to allow more conferences to make their own
decisions regarding regular-season play.
However, in major college football, the NCAA has no say. The conferences control the
College Football Playoffs and the bowls. The NCAA does sponsor playoffs in the second-tier of
Division I football (FCS) and in Division II and III.
Any college or university that participates in football this fall will see some kind of
financial shortfall for the 2020-2021 school year because of the pandemic.
The ones that will really feel the financial pinch are the smaller Division I schools like
Lamar and McNeese State who depend on large payouts when they play what I call their
“sacrificial lamb” games against larger schools.
These smaller schools generally get crushed on the field but use that huge payday to
finance their sports program for the entire year. This money plus the home game receipts for
football, basketball and sometimes baseball generally fulfill their annual athletic budgets.
The NCAA already shortened its member schools $375 million in scheduled payouts due
to the cancellation of the NCAA Basketball Tournament last spring. Schools have been preparing
for the worst since the spring when the cancellation of the tourney resulted in a drop of
distributed revenue from $600 million to around $225 million.
Among the conferences that have already decided to postpone fall sports with the hope of
making them up in the second semester include the Ivy League, the Patriot League, the
Southwestern Athletic Conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Colonial
“The top 10 FBS conferences in Division I football’s top tier are in the process of
adjusting schedules and hoping to play a regular season that has billions of dollars in media
rights deals attached to it,” the article states.
“The hope among college sports leaders is that the pandemic can be better controlled
across the country before they must make a final call on fall sports seasons, which is about a
month away from scheduled starts,” the article concluded.
KWICKIES…I remember way back when I was wearing a crewcut and covering the
West Orange Chiefs, the big man on the campus (especially on the football field) was Butch
Campbell, who was a scoring machine from his halfback position. A few years later Butch
became the became the “big man” on the Lamar Orange campus, beginning his tenure with the
Physical Education Department and later becoming Director of Security. Forty-four years later
Butch hung it up for good with his well-deserved retirement. Now he’s like the rest of us—just a
NFL players have been warned of high-risk activities involving more than 15 people and
can be disciplined for actions away from their training facility.
After concluding a three-game weekend series at Philadelphia, the Miami Marlins had 12
players and two coaches who tested positive for COVID-19. And because so many Marlins
players were quarantined in Philadelphia, Monday’s home opener against the Baltimore Orioles
was postponed. The Phillies’ game against the New York Yankees was also postponed so the
Philadelphia players can be tested and the visitor’s clubhouse could be fumigated.
Michael Thompson won the PGA Tour 3M Open with a two-stroke victory with birdies
on two of the final three holes. Runner-up was Adam Long with 267. It was the second career
win for Thompson, who pocketed $1.188 million for his effort.
And closer to home involving another Michael, former West Orange-Stark star Michael
Arnaud, had his best tournament of the year by tying for second place in the Korn Ferry Tour
Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper. Michael had rounds of 66-65-
70—201 to finish in a three-way tie for second place.
I remember not too long ago when a team would have one or maybe two offensive
linemen who weighed over 300 pounds. If you look at the Houston Texans’ 16 players trying to
make this season’s roster as offensive linemen, only two were UNDER 300 pounds, and their
weights were 295 and 296.
In an effort to find a player to replace former All-Pro safety Earl Thomas III, the Seattle
Seahawks had to give up their next two first-round draft picks to sign Jamal Adams. It would
have been so much easier and much cheaper too if the Seahawks merely extended Earl’s contract
last season like he wanted and maybe would have gone somewhere in the 2019 NFL Playoffs.
JUST BETWEEN US…The Houston Astros had big innings in the middle of their first
three games which resulted in two wins and a blown save by their bullpen Sunday. But all news
wasn’t good after ace Justin Verlander won the season’s opener Friday. He left the game after
only 73 pitches with tightness in his right elbow which could very well spell the end of the
season for the game’s active strikeout king.