After the SEC put on a 6:00 p.m. Eastern show for its Friday release of the new 10-game schedule, most hope and optimism of a 2020 season taking place started to dissipate early Saturday.
It started when the MAC cancelled its season. Shortly after that news broke, SI’s Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger reported that the entire season could be cancelled by the end of this week.
On Sunday, Outkick’s Clay Travis penned this thorough column hitting on all relevant points that explain why school presidents and conference commissioners are making a huge mistake if they nix the 2020 campaign.
Travis mentioned how college football probably needs help from politicians, including President Trump. And look what we have here:
Like many of us have been saying all summer, college football athletes are much safer with their teams instead of being back home where their parents and grandparents, who are obviously more vulnerable to COVID-19, are exposed to them. Most important, the players will be tested more regularly at school and, when players get COVID-19, they have 24/7 top-notch medical professionals at their disposal (for free).
Molly McGrath made similar points last night (from her father, a research scientist and doctor):
The Big Ten is seemingly leading the way in wanting to cancel the season. They were the first league to commit to a conference-only schedule, and they held meetings Saturday and this morning. The league reportedly (from Dan Patrick Show, see below) voted 12-2 to cancel the season, with Iowa and Nebraska as the only dissenting votes (H/T to the Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers!). Reports indicate an announcement will come tomorrow.
Make sure to take note of the final sentence in this tweet from The DP Show:
“And the SEC is trying to get teams to join them for a season.” I love it!
I’ve got a handful of friends who are fans of Clemson and Ohio State. Actually, more than a dozen combined. In trash-talking fashion, one that I didn’t really think was that potentially realistic (but who knows?), I’ve been saying to them all summer that the Tigers and Buckeyes can come take some SEC pimpslaps on a weekly basis this fall.
Maybe that’s what SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has in mind? Let’s hope so!
Here are some tweets from players and coaches who represent my Gators:
Tim Brewster, the former head coach at Minnesota, is an assistant on Dan Mullen’s staff. Lorenzo Lingard, a transfer from Miami, is expected to compete with Dameon Pierce for UF’s starting RB job.
Florida senior defensive tackle Kyree Campbell wants to improve his stock for the 2021 NFL Draft:
Florida scored a huge commitment Sunday when Miami Palmetto cornerback Jason Marshall Jr. pledged to the Gators, who are also in the running for his teammate, four-star safety Corey Collier, who will choose between UF, LSU and Miami at 1:30 p.m. Eastern today.
Marshall is ranked the second-best prep CB nationally by most recruitniks. If Florida can score Collier (77.8% of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have him choosing UF), perhaps he and Marshall can talk high school teammate Leonard Taylor, a five-star DT who committed to Miami over Florida last week, to flip to the Gators in the coming months?
UF beat writer Thomas Goldkamp reports that if UF gets a pledge today from Collier, the Gators will jump up to No. 6 nationally in 247Sports’s 2021 Team Recruiting Rankings.
As our Blake Von Hagen explained, Arkansas got the raw deal out of all teams with the new SEC-only schedule. The Razorbacks were handed Florida and Georgia, the two best programs in the SEC East, as their two extra games. Nevertheless, new head coach Sam Pittman wants to play ball:
Pittman’s AD is on the same page:
Arkansas will have to play at Florida, meaning its expected starting QB Feleipe Franks will get to suit up in The Swamp one last time.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is basically a lock to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, is arguably the player with the MOST TO LOSE in competing this season. Nevertheless, he emerged this past weekend (and beyond, if truth be told) as a leader for all of college football and players who want to play. I won’t just send out a few of his tweets, as his entire timeline is worth reviewing.
Former LSU QB Joe Burrow also chimed in this morning:
Louisville’s Scott Satterfield had no problem bashing reps of other conferences today. I liked this dude a lot when he was at Appalachian State. He did one of the top 5-10 coaching jobs in the nation during his debut year with the Cardinals in 2019. U of L has a keeper in Satterfield:
Of course, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh has some opinions, too.
If the season does get cancelled, there isn’t much relevance to some of the information below. Nevertheless, we’ll hit on a few things that will matter if we get college football.
–Pittsburgh DT Jalen Twyman has opted out of the 2020 season. Twyman was a second-team All-American last year when he produced 41 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two QB hurries, two passes broken up and 1.5 tackles for loss. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has him ranked as the fifth-best DT available in the 2021 NFL Draft.
–Loyal readers and listeners know I’m bullish on North Carolina this year. However, three defensive players (two that are key and potential starters) opted out of the season over the weekend. Safety DJ Ford and CB Bryce Watts are two that’ll be missed. Ford recorded 54 tackles, three QB hurries, two passes broken up, 1.5 TFL’s, one interception and one sack in 2019. Watts, who sat out last year after transferring from Virginia Tech, started 12 games for the Hokies in 2017 and ’18.
–Georgia scored another big commit today from Brock Bowers. He’s a four-star tight end ranked as the nation’s second-best at the position, and he’s the No. 11 overall player in the state of California.
–After Colorado State suspended all football activities pending an investigation into the program after all sorts of allegations were levied against former HC Mike Bobo and new HC Steve Addazio, many CSU players and current assistants rushed to the defense of Addazio, the former head coach at both Boston College and Temple. Former Florida assistant and current CSU staffer Brian White was among them:
–This truth bomb from Will Muschamp on Paul Finebaum last week was EPIC! Like I’ve always said, I love me some Muschamp!
–And this just in as I published this story: Dellenger is reporting that SEC presidents have hastily called an impromptu meeting for later today.