That's a hard one. I think it should definitely be an option. I don't think it would be fair if some teams are back in session and can play while others can't. It's such a huge revenue driver for the universities so I know they have to "get it right." It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I just really hope as the summer progresses things start trending in a positive way and we don't see any spikes as people will be probably easing some of the social distancing they have been practicing the last few months.
-- Tyler Buss, Mt. Carmel boys basketball coach
I think that the football calendar is going to be a region by region decision. The SEC will play football for sure. I'm sure most others will follow suit.
-- Ron Winemiller, Benton boys basketball coach
I don't think the NCAA should push back the calendar. I think if the administrators, coaches and players feel safe to be back out on the field then I feel they should go play. I think health and safety should be at the forefront but if it's safe to do, I see no need to push it back.
-- Justin Fetcho, SIU men's golf coach
With fans, delay. Without fans regular start
-- Kerry Martin, Marion football coach
I don't think they should push it back. But it all depends on where everything is at that time.
--Karsyn Davis, SEMO softball player, former Harrisburg standout
The safety of the students at the university must come first. I do not envy those having to make decisions right now. Aside from that, I know that we all need college football, but some of the universities REQUIRE the revenue from football just to keep the doors open. Strange times we're living in for sure!
-- Justin Grooves, Benton football coach
If the cases spike yes, if not I would say no. Maybe not have full stadiums though.
-- Britt Pavelonis, Golf pro and former Harrisburg standout
No. If they can play safely play ASAP.
-- Doug Miller, Hamilton County boys basketball coach
I think it really depends on how the NCAA wants to address the college football season. If they are hoping to have college football games with packed stadiums and no social distancing it would be pretty irresponsible to start the season normally given our current knowledge of how COVID-19 works and the amount of total cases that are present in this country. I do think it could start on time if strict guidelines were unforced on campuses during game days to keep everyone's safety a priority. Also if no fans besides close family of the players were allowed in stadiums much like the NFL is currently considering the season could definitely start on time.
-- Payton Price, former Eldorado standout
I don't think so. I think the schools need to do everything in there power test players and continue to monitor them daily. We need to get this country back to some sense of normalcy, but we need to be as safe as possible while doing so.
-- Gabe Angelly, Harrisburg football coach
No! As far as I can tell the schools are planning on having kids back on campus this month. That should give teams plenty of time to get ready for opening day in September. If it's without fans, so be it. I do think stadiums could be half full and social distance, though.
-- Jake Stewart, Harrisburg girls basketball coach
No, if football begins on schedule, it will be easier for all other sports to start on time too.
-- Reece Johnson, Benton senior student-athlete
I believe that the Ncaa should not push back college football because I feel for the athletes and what they are going through and just playing the "wait game". I feel that as soon as it is safe to play they should get to play.
-- Noah Boon, Harrisburg student-athlete
I think they can keep the calendar as it is. D1 schools were allowed to get back together on June 1st so I think September start for games should be fine.
-- Capel Henshaw, former Harrisburg standout
I would love to see college football played, but I'll leave that up to the professionals in their field.
-- Derek Beard, Du Quoin Athletic Director & football coach
No, I think it's time to let 'er rip. Being football season on time. If there is a spike, make the necessary adjustments.
-- Andy Sloan, Benton girls basketball coach
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