There’s no more serious a threat to college football than the current pandemic.
In 1918, all of the Philadelphia high school Thanksgiving Day games were canceled due to the Spanish Flu.
In 2020, there currently is a serious threat about the entire college–maybe even the NFL–season being canceled due to CORVID-19.
In my mind, that only happens if there is a recurrence after the social distancing ends in May. There are signs where other countries–particularly China and South Korea–are getting back to some form of normalcy so it logically follows that the U.S. will, too.
The fallacy part is that all of the teams are in the same boat and no one program has an advantage over the other. Take Miami and Temple for instance. Miami got a full week of hitting in before suspending its spring practices. Temple doesn’t hit and got one day in before suspending.
Miami is at least a week ahead of Temple, maybe more, and there’s nothing the Owls can do about it if the teams resume summer camp at the same time.
Also, the areas that were harder hit–the Northeast and the Southeast, for instance–probably will lag behind the other more rural areas of college football.
Every day we are hearing about this famous person or that famous person coming down with the illness. So far, we haven’t heard any Temple or Miami players coming down with it and we probably won’t due to health privacy protocols.
Nor do we need to hear about it.
For now, though, let’s just hope that no one on the Owls or anyone they play come down with it because any Temple win should be hard-earned and there should be no excuses coming from either side for personnel issues.
Otherwise, with Miami having that week of practice in the bag, that’s a head start that probably will not be overcome and that’s a legitimate reason for a possible loss, not an excuse.
Friday: Keeping An Eye on the Staff
Monday (4/20): Smoking Out the Winner
Friday: (4/24): Spring Football?
Monday: (4/27): Temple and The NFL Draft
Friday (5/1): Smoking Out The Winners
Monday (5/4): Suspending Campaigns