I really do hope that college football fans are starting new hobbies. Or, at the very least, that they are preparing themselves for the worst.
You see, there is little chance that we see more than a few, scant football games this year. Not in the NCAA. These are student athletes, after all, and the outcry over making them choose between their health and their scholarship is a pretty horrid ultimatum – even for the often-cruel NCAA.
While several major conferences have already canceled fall sports on account of the global coronavirus pandemic, the SEC hasn’t yet given up hope.
News out of Tuscaloosa, however, is certainly testing their optimism.
The University of Alabama on Monday reported more than 500 cases of COVID-19 since classes resumed last week.
At least 531 students, faculty, and staff on the university’s main campus in Tuscaloosa have been infected with the virus, according to the school’s COVID-19 dashboard.
The numbers don’t include results from the entry testing conducted when the school restarted, which reportedly saw about 310 students test positive. On Monday morning, University of Alabama president Stuart Bell said that the students weren’t to blame for the increase in cases.
While Vegas bettors have been busy trying to make early season predictions on what teams might go all the way, perhaps they should really be concerned as to whether or not any of these programs are even going to get off the ground?