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When Will College Sports Return?

By on May 4th, 2020 in Football, News 17 Comments »

COULD AUBURN BE PLAYING IN AN EMPTY STADIUM THIS FALL?

The national pandemic has affected almost all of us in some way, including our coverage of Auburn Sports here at Track ‘Em Tigers. At the end of March, we announced in an article that there’s not much we can bring our readers due to the cancellation of all collegiate sports.

In the interim, not much has changed in the sports world as the coronavirus still has a strong hold on our nation.

The Kentucky Derby was the latest national sporting event to be affected. The 146th Run for the Roses was scheduled to take place Saturday but had to be postponed until the fall. And even then it’s not clear if fans will be allowed in the stands.

The latest on the start of Major League Baseball is games “may” begin toward the end of June and, again, possibly in front of empty stadiums.

NASCAR is the first professional sport to announce plans to return. A formal announcement came this week stating the NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina will renew the season on May 17th. However, there will be no fans in the stands or in future race events until further notice.

At present, the NFL is looking at alternative plans that would push the season back to October or November and have the games be played in empty stadiums, according to ESPN

Probably the most asked question by sports fans is, “Will there be college football this fall?” There has been a lot of speculation by talking heads but the real answer is … no one really knows.

Nevertheless, the signs are not favorable as college campuses are closed with no certainty as to when they will open.

ESPN reported on a teleconference college commissioners had with Mike Pence, Chairman of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, telling the Vice President they would not allow the start of football at closed campuses.

Reliable reports are the commissioners are looking at various options ranging from playing a reduced schedule to moving the games to the spring of 2021, to playing in front of empty stadiums.

When they do settle on a plan of action, it still might not mean there will be football. The ultimate decision of when college football returns will come from the federal and state governments along with the new NCAA Medical Advisory panel.

And just like so many businesses, schools, and churches, we still do not know when we will return to our normal activity here at Track ‘Em Tigers. We wait, and hope, and pray for our nation. We look forward to the day when we can only see the present situation through the prism of the rearview mirror. Until that day arrives, stay safe and …

War Eagle!

17 Comments

  1. AUglenn says:

    Good to finally be reading something here after a month’s absence.
    Move the season to spring? I know everything’s up in the air right now but I can not imagine that there would be no Iron Bowl in November.

  2. uglyjoe says:

    If the current status of Panama City Beach is any indication, we will have Fall football…..I think the next three to four weeks will tell the tale of whether we move forward or back into reverse.

    • I think the bigger question is, what will that season look like?

      Players are going to need two months back in the weight/conditioning room before coaches can even consider putting them on the field and asking them to play football. Therefore at the very least, we can expect a very different type of a season – probably some type shortened season.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Hey Joe,
      Have all the beaches been opened, and if so are there any restrictions? Just wondering cause we’re headed that way in a few weeks.

      • uglyjoe says:

        Beaches are open, vacation rentals are closed. My daughter is home from graduate school; she is working at our friend’s boat rental business and they are busy as can be. All the social distancing stuff is still going strong and most municipal offices are closed for walk-in stuff. Restaurants are sporadically open for dining in but are significantly limiting seating capacity. Liquor stores are wide open.

  3. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    I say just leave it up to the fans. If you feel good about your health, then go to the games, if you don’t then stay home. Let it be the fan’s choice.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Sorta agree with this but I might feel different in September (if things haven’t improved much) when I have to take my grandkids to our season seats.

  4. I just can’t believe our whole nation is being crippled by this mess. We get conflicting reports so that I don’t know how much is real and how much is driven by news media hysteria. But (IMHO), I think it’s ridiculous to even think about not having football in the fall.
    We’ve got to get back to living our lives without continuous government interference with our constitutionally protected civil liberties.

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……I also wonder what is to come. My busiest time of year used to be the spring. Massive gear-up for warm weather in the soft drink industry, and watching spring camp developments and prognosticating on the coming football season! I’ve had neither, this spring. Trying to help out, watch the neighborhood, keep meals on the table, and just spending time and enjoying my family time. I should be writing Auburn football previews by now, but I really have no idea what to expect, this year. I hope to offer some wild guesses, soon.

    …..We have had our usual August beach trip planned since late December, and are trying to keep track on AirBnB. Right now, our rental on Dauphin Island for August is showing that rentals are illegal on the beach in Alabama. Hoping that changes, or that we can get money back at the very least. A side-swipe at the shutdowns just happened in the Alabama Senate today, as a bill was fast-tracked that would limit the governor to just a couple of weeks of shutdown authority without legislative review. We live in interesting times, to be sure.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      After what you’ve been put through (esp. at work) the last few years Acid, you deserve an uneventful and restful spring. As to your beach trip, we’ve had the same concerns. We’ve been in touch with our rental folks and been assured they will work with us about our $500 deposit if the beaches are not open. Hopefully your renters will do the same for you.

      Also as a season ticket holder, I’m concerned about our money we’ve sent to Auburn should the football season not happen as presently scheduled. The school can’t give any certain answers as they don’t know what to expect either …. what a quandary of a situation.

  6. neonbets says:

    In These Trying Times, NeonBets Wants You To Know…

    Even after seeing the same greeting no less than 200 times each day, it’s still fresh, and reassuring. It’s just so comforting to know how much my corporate-government overlords care about me. I thought I’d share some of my own boilerplated concern-in-a-can sincerity with TrackemTigers.

    “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice.” That was actually a headline in the Atlantic when Georgia decided to re-open. I’m not making that up. Imagine writing such stupidity. Anyways, those country boys seemed to have survived…as have FLA, Texas, etc…

    Interesting that basically half the US deaths come from just NYC and close-by cities in New Jersey, Philly, Boston and Chicago. I imagine many readers of this blog are predominantly in the Southeast, and many in rural areas. It’s pretty stand-up of you to shut down your economies for a disease that has overwhelmingly targeted (in a lethal sense) the elderly and overweight in these Northeast cities. You must feel darn good imagining how it all would have played out if the situation was reversed –with COVID-19 being a scourge of the rural South as opposed to the Big Cities. You just know that the coastal elites would interrupt their daily browbeat of calling you an ‘ignorant racist’ in order to demand a complete lockdown of all their businesses, social activities and schools. #GlobalCommunity!

    Finally, with the deluge of Public Service Announcements glorifying social-distancing, mask wearing, and avoiding all human contact–you’d think there would be at least one PSA on diet and exercise. If you’re younger than 65, and not overweight or don’t have high-blood pressure–COVID-19 will be nothing worse than the regular flu for you. If you’re younger than 30 and not obese or diabetic, you have a better chance of dying from a lightening strike. Literally.

    Keeping your weight down, going easy on the sugar and alcohol, getting some sunshine will do more for you than a decade of social distancing and mask-wearing. Yet, on this fundamental iron-clad fact we get…crickets. It’s a bizzarro world we’re living in.

    Hope everyone is doing well. Hope you’re living your lives, and not in fear. If needed, I hope you’re using COVID-19 as a wake-up call to lose the weight and cut-down on the sweets.

    I hope we get football in the Fall.

    PS

    Whatever happened to ‘Flatten The Curve’? Remember that one? It was the most important goal in the history of humanity just a few weeks ago. And… Poof! It just disappeared. Now, ‘flatten the curve’ is just so…April of 2020‘. It only took 4 weeks for the most important phrase in human history to go the way of ‘Wazzup!’, ‘Booyah’, ‘Word’, and ‘Oh Snap!’

    • uglyjoe says:

      “that those who know what’s best for us, must rise and save us from ourselves”

  7. sparkey sparkey says:

    Guys, come on now, you should have had an article about Pat Dye’s passing. This is a long going Auburn site. I am stunned no mention of it on here.

    • WDE7385 WDE7385 says:

      yes, I miss my doses of Auburn, also.
      A good article on Coach Dye would have been nice.

  8. wpleagle wpleagle says:

    Please be aware that one of our writers is experiencing significant family issues.

    • WDE7385 WDE7385 says:

      Sorry, I wasn’t aware that one of your writers has family issues. I don’t expect any one to put a web blog above their family.
      i can sympathize.
      However, I still say an article on Coach Dye would have been nice out of respect for Auburn and Coach Dye even if written by one of the other writers.

      • friedca friedca says:

        Then write something and post it in the community section.

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