One day after Alabama head coach Nick Saban called for contingency plans for a late-starting college football season, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby shared deep concerns about the likelihood of a full season being played during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We don’t know when somebody is going to tell us it’s going to be OK to go back to close contact,” Bowlsby told ESPN. “I suspect that medical experts and scientists are going to be slow to give the green light on that. The magic start date is probably a mirage.
“It may be different in some high-density populations and areas than it is in more remote areas. It could be certain parts of the country and not other parts of the country. I don’t think there’s just going to be a day when we turn it all on again. There has to be a reacclimation period because athletes aren’t training at the same level they had been accustomed to.”
Saban said he hopes dollars don’t overtake common sense and expert advice when it comes to returning to action.
“These are very challenging times,” Saban said. “We’ve never had to deal with anything like this before at least in my lifetime, and there is a global effort to slow the spread of this virus and all of us have to be responsible in the decisions that we make based on what our responsibility is to do just that.”
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