In today’s daily headlines, there were some positive developments in the ongoing struggle to play college football this fall. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith announced that his current hope was that Ohio State could play in their home stadium with crowds between 20-30,000 people. Although maybe not optimistic as what we’ve heard out of Alabama, who wants ‘full stadiums’, Smith’s idea may be a little more realistic. Ohio State’s stadium hosts a 100,000 people, so playing with spaced out crowds at about 30% capacity seems feasible. Who should get the tickets? We’ll let Ohio State’s Barstool Twitter do the talking.
NCAA authorizes voluntary workouts starting June 1
The NCAA voted on Wednesday afternoon that athletes would be allowed to return to their campuses for voluntary workouts. This is a huge development for an on-time start to the football season, as without this vote, getting football players (and other fall athletes) to be in shape for August practices and September games is highly unlikely.
Jim Harbaugh says empty stadiums is better than no games
Ok, this may be stating the obvious, but there are a few too many people for comfort level saying it would be better to push the football season to spring if the games can’t be played in full stadiums. Beyond the fact that such a decision would impact the next several seasons, it’s also just ridiculous. College football runs the fall – tailgating on Saturdays, College Gameday. It’s the main show in the fall, and to try and shove it into the spring, where it’s now competing with NCAA Basketball and March Madness, the NCAA hockey tournament, and everything else, makes no sense. It’s good to see Harbaugh using his platform, as he often does, to speak up and remind everyone that empty stadiums or not, we need college football this fall.