The NCAA D-I Council voted to end the current moratorium for sports through May 31st. (PHOTO COURTESY: VisualHunt.com)
By Matt Noonan
Today was a good day for NCAA Division I basketball and football players.
The NCAA D-I Council voted to end the current moratorium this afternoon on all athletic activities through May 31 and allow student-athletes to return to their respective campus for summer workouts from June 1 to June 30.
Student-athletes that compete in other sports, such as soccer or field hockey, could learn as soon as next week if they would be allowed to return to campus to start their training for hopefully a fall season.
While it is not expected that every student-athlete will bolt back to campus to begin their respective training, it is likely that schools will welcome back athletes that may be living on campus or nearby. Perhaps more athletes will follow – in fact, Thamel reported that some colleges could see up to 25 or 30 student-athletes on campus next month, but of course, social distancing will be enforced in weight rooms and other facilities
Today’s ruling could be the sign of more good news to come as the 2020 college football season is currently slated to commence at the end of August.
These upcoming workouts won’t be the same as they have been in the past, according to Sports Illusrtrated, which reported in its story that student-athletes would normally spend eight hours a week training, including six hours with their school’s training staff.
For the moment, it appears as if the upcoming college football season is in limbo.
There has been a lot of talk and insight from various minds these past few weeks about the 2020 season. Some think a 12-week campaign is feasible while others are hesitant – can we really play games in the midst of a pandemic?
And then there is the issue surrounding testing. Will there be enough for every player, coach, and team representative? How many times will they need to be tested? And what happens if a coach, player, or team representative contracts the virus? Would that mean Saturday’s game against Clemson University or Florida State is canceled or postponed?
Testing will be the key for not just Notre Dame, but every institution – big or small – with keeping students, faculty, and staff safe during these unprecedented times.
While many are anxious for some news and announcements about the upcoming college football season, as well as if and when schools will be open, it appears those decisions should be coming in the next few weeks. And it is possible some decisions such as if and when a fall sports season could occur, may come as late as mid-July.
So, for the moment, we wait and anxiously scour the internet and social media for any breadcrumb we can find about the upcoming college football season, along with the new normal.
Expect yet another quality season from Rivers, as well as his San Diego "Super" Chargers!
By Matt Noonan
Similar to the AFC South, this particular division is a true mess. Besides the Chargers and Raiders, both the Broncos and Chiefs are complete disasters. Who’s more likely to succeed, John Fox or Todd Haley? In the end, expect the Chargers to walk all over their three divisional brothers.
1.) San Diego Chargers [12-4] – Sports Illustrated’s Peter King admitted in his recent preview that he’s a fan of the Bolts. However, do they have what it takes to win? Hmm… well, they don’t have the greatest coach, but instead, a quality quarterback that’s tough as nails. Remember when Philip Riversplayed against the New England Patriots with a torn ACL? He’s tough, really tough, so hopefully his gritty attitude and effort will finally help San Diego get over the hump.
2.) Oakland Raiders [8-8] – The Raiders aren’t exactly what they used to be, but clearly, they’re on the rebound. The Silver and Black are young, quick and athletic, but they also lack a true leader. They’ll certainly be competitive this season, as long as running back Darren McFaddenstays healthy.
3.) Denver Broncos [6-10] – Head Coach John Fox enters his first season with a team that won four games last season. Hopefully, they’ll surpass that number this season and win five. Also, will Tim Tebowbe handed the starting job at some point this season? It’s possible!
4.) Kansas City Chiefs [5-11] – The Chiefs probably had one of the worst preseasons in the history of the NFL. They looked confused and dumbfounded, plus, quarterback Matt Casselhas resorted to his original ways. Don’t bet on the Chiefs this season, they’re taking a step back from last year.