There are doubts about the 2020 college football season taking place and the Big 10 is among the conferences that could cancel or postpone the season. Regardless of the Big 10’s decision, Nebraska is searching for ways to play games during the 2020 season.
"Our University is committed to playing no matter what, no matter what that looks like and how that looks. We want to play no matter who it is or where it is."#Huskers HC Scott Frost on opponents for 2020. pic.twitter.com/kTPN9znv0v
— Huskers Radio Network (@HuskersRadio) August 10, 2020
While there were reports of the Big 10 canceling the season, it appears they are still discussing ideas. Nebraska’s head coach, Scott Frost, shared that having no college football would dramatically affect the economy in cities and towns that have teams.
Scott Frost says #Nebraska estimates $80-120 million hit if there's no football season. "The biggest factor is if we don't play football, we're not going to be able to pay for anything here until we start making money again."
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 10, 2020
Given that, Frost believes that college football needs to happen despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing concerns. Besides Frost, Michigan head coach, Jim Harbaugh, seems to share the same sentiment for the upcoming season.
“I would like to address the rumors that are swirling today,” Harbaugh said in the statement, via ESPN’s Harry Lyles Jr. “I’m not advocating for football this fall because of my passion or our players’ desire to play but because of the facts accumulated over the last eight weeks since our players returned to campus on June 13.”
Similar to other sports, college football would need to put a safe set of protocols in place to protect its athletes. Up to this point, the MAC was the first conference to cancel the 2020 college football season. Even though the NCAA’s guidelines to combat COVID-19 are uncertain, Harbaugh believes they can enforce a plan that works.
“We have developed a great prototype for how we can make this work and provide the opportunity for players to play. If you are transparent and follow the rules, this is how it can be done.
Harbaugh would proceed to express his gratitude in the student athletes, coaches, and families involved in the process of college football. At the same time, he reiterated that he’ll keep advocating for a 2020 season to take place.
“I am forever proud of our players, parents, coaches and staff for being leaders and role models in our sport, at our institution and in society. We will continue to follow all health and safety guidelines, teach, train, and coach those young men and their families that have put their trust in us, while advocating for a football season in the fall.”
Seeing that conferences are undecided on having a season, the NCAA doesn’t have a sound plan in place for the season. Nonetheless, Nebraska and other teams in the Big 10 are seeking ways to still have a season happen.