The Big 10 and the Pac 12 made a historic decision this week to cancel their fall football seasons with the hopes of playing in the spring.
BREAKING: The Big Ten presidents have voted to postpone the 2020 college football season with hopes of playing in the spring, per sources.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 11, 2020
While pushing the season back to the spring sounds like a reasonable plan, it’s highly unlikely it will actually happen.
And to be honest, if the conferences care at all about the overall safety of the players, it shouldn’t happen.
Tennessee Vols offensive lineman Trey Smith recently spoke to ESPN’s Chris Low and illustrated exactly why a spring football season isn’t viable.
“You would have to push the next season back and probably even have to delay the next year, in my opinion,” said Smith.
“You want to have a proper offseason for our bodies to rest and get better. You can’t have it in the spring and then start on time [in 2021].”
The Vols senior makes a great point. Playing college football in the spring just isn’t realistic — for a myriad of reasons (including the amount of NFL draft eligible underclassmen and seniors that would simply not play). Football either happens this fall or it doesn’t happen at all until fall 2021.
Smith, who has had serious health issues (blood clots) that have affected his ability to practice on a regular basis, is considered a high-risk athlete. And while he’s concerned about the effect the coronavirus could have on him, he still wants to play in 2020.
“We as players have to take the proper precautions…ultimately, to get to my dream goals and aspirations, it’s worth the risk for me,” said Smith to Low.
I don’t know what will happen with SEC football moving forward (though the plan, for now, is to play). But whatever happens, I hope the conference leaders listen to players like Smith — ultimately they’re the ones actually facing the risks of playing this season. Playing this fall should be their call.
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