Daily Noontime: Thursday, July 9, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone.

It is going to be a HOT one today, so make sure to drink plenty of water and stay inside. If you do venture out, please continue to be safe and wear that face covering, too.

Let’s kick off a brand new day with the ‘Daily Noontime’ – have a great day, everyone!


Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, July 9, 2020

UMass’s Walt Bell Seems Optimistic For A College Football Season

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Walt Bell, who is entering his second season with the UMass football team, appears optimistic for a college football season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

By Matt Noonan 

As we continue to inch closer to July and August, the thought of college football seems to be on the minds of many these days, including the University of Massachusetts‘ Walt Bell.

Bell, who is entering his second season as the head coach of the Minutemen, seems optimistic for a season to occur this fall, despite so many questions swirling around the health and safety of both coaches and student-athletes.

“Every single day, you can start to see that snowball of positivity start to roll,” Bell said when speaking with Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle. “I know there will be football. I know in the majority of the country, there’s going to be football.”

Indeed, there will be football games played somewhere this fall, but will they occur in states like Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, which have been impacted by the coronavirus (Covid-19), remains an unknown? 

Bell did say that games will be played in Florida and Georgia, which certainly seems likely, especially after hearing Governor Ron DeSantis tell reporters last month that high school football fans “should absolutely assume” a season will happen later this year.

As of now, Bell and the Minutemen will keep their focus on staying connected through Zoom and FaceTime while thinking optimistically about the team’s season-opener against the University of Connecticut.

The University of Alabama Plans To Play Football Games This Fall

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The University of Alabama plans to host football games this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: College Football News)

By Matt Noonan 

There will be football played in Tuscaloosa this fall, according to the University of Alabama President Dr. Stuart Bell. 

Speaking with local media members on Thursday, April 30, including CBS 42, Bell said the university plans to “have a football season and fans will be a part of it in our stadium.” Additionally, Bell is optimistic the school’s other fall sports teams will be able to compete, too.

“Those are our plans,” Bell said, via CBS 42, “and it’s a high bar and anticipates that we will be able to meet that.”

The state of Alabama currently has 7,019 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as of this evening and began its reopening yesterday.

The University of Alabama’s fall semester doesn’t begin until Wednesday, August 19, which means both Bell and the school’s task force does have some time to establish necessary safety measures for its students, along with its faculty and staff members.

In addition to Alabama planning to host football games in the fall, Texas A&M plans to have its College Station campus ready for the upcoming season, while the University of Georgia should be ready to compete, as well.

On Friday, the NCAA unveiled its nine-step and three-phase process for all divisions, which will help not just Alabama, Georgia, and Texas A&M, but every school across the country with getting its student-athletes back on the playing field.

Florida’s Mullen Is “Hopeful” For A College Football Season

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University of Florida’s Dan Mullen is “certainly hopeful” about a college football season in the fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AL.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The upcoming college football season, along with other sports leagues and games continues to be on the mind of many these days, including the University of Florida‘s Dan Mullen.

The Florida football coach told Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times yesterday that he is “certainly hopeful” for a college football season to be played this fall. But the soon-to-be third-year head coach of the Blue and Orange knows nothing is certain these days as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread both locally and across the country.

“If you look four months ago we were in a very different place in this country than we are now,” Mullen said to Baker. “So to say where we’ll be in four months is hard to do. But I’m certainly hopeful, I’m sure everyone is out there.”

Indeed, I and many are hopeful and optimistic that both Mullen’s and other campaigns will resume or commence sooner than later, but with so much unknown these days, it is hard to predict if and when a college football season will kickoff.

Locally, Harvard University plans to reopen in the fall, but it is not definite that classes will take place on campus. Its most likely students will continue learning remotely, which would certainly impact fall sports.

But like we do most days, we’ll wait and see what comes our way, both tomorrow and the next day.

Report: College Football Will Not Be Played Until Campuses Reopen

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College football will not resume until students return to campuses. (PHOTO COURTESY: Visualhunt.com)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

For the moment, it appears as if the upcoming college football season, along with other fall sports, will not occur until campuses across the country reopen.

In a 30-minute phone call with Vice President Mike Pence, the commissioners of the premier college football conferences learned that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), no college sporting events can be played until students return to campus. And that certainly makes sense.

As of this afternoon, there have been no fall sporting events canceled, including contests here in New England, but that could change come June or July.

Will schools re-open for fall classes? That remains an unknown, but at the moment it appears college football will remain in a holding pattern – the same could be said for soccer and volleyball matches, field hockey contests, and cross country meets – until students return to campus.