ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit would be surprised if college football is played this fall.
“I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football. I’ll be so surprised if that happens,” Herbstreit said on ESPN Radio Thursday.
A month ago, I don’t think any of us thought sports or the entire world would be put on hold but COVID-19 forced us to change our daily lives for the time being.
“Just because from what I understand, people that I listen to, you’re 12 to 18 months from a (coronavirus) vaccine,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know how you let these guys go into locker rooms and let stadiums be filled up and how you can play ball. I just don’t know how you can do it with the optics of it.”
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops met with the media Friday morning via a Zoom video conference and he even admitted he’s concerned the college football season in jeopardy.
“I am (concerned the season won’t be played), but I also try to stay in my lane,” Stoops said. “We’re going to continue to work and prepare to play that opening game. That’s where my mindset is. But to say that hasn’t crossed my mind, that’d be a lie.”
Stoops will continue to press forward with preparing to play the 2020 college football season but admits this is bigger than the University of Kentucky.
“You do (worry) but you have to block it out and continue to push and work to do the best you can to be prepared. That’s what I’m worried about is getting the team ready. I have no control over that as you know. This is much bigger than the University of Kentucky. We will do the things necessary and do what we’re told, but as of right no, we’re preparing to play.”