A JERSEY GUY: Will Someone in CFB Please Take Charge?
Tales of a CFB summer (Warning, it's not pretty)
Let's start at the top with the NCAA and President Mark Emmert.
The NCAA, even though it has very little say on how the FBS runs its football championships, could have started the summer with a simple statement.
With the ongoing COVID-19 virus and all the questions and problems, ALL NCAA fall sports are suspended until further notice.
Emmert could have made that statement on July 4th and every week after that with the approval of the NCAA Board of Governors (NCAA school presidents and officials).
He didn't do it then. He still hasn't done it.
SHAME ON THE NCAA.
The NCAA Presidents, primarily the FBS Presidents, could have taken the same stance, with NO football activities until further notice, and a conditioning and practice schedule of one month following a resumption of activities.
By shutting things down in July, the summer months could have been zoom calls and gathering sessions, with a possible Oct. 1 start (which would allow an 8 game, plus one schedule and a limited championship format).
But they wanted more financial opportunities and added more weeks, more games and more restrictions, with little thought to the effect of stringing along players and coaches toward a season few thought would happen.
SHAME ON THE PRESIDENTS.
The Conference Commissioners and Athletic Directors could have taken a similar path and led the Presidents in that direction.
They did not. No one wanted to fire the first shot or make the move. So they kept moving the end zone further and further away from the coaches and players, hoping for a miracle.
They too were motivated by money.
SHAME ON THE COMMISSIONERS AND AD's.
The coaches had to deal with this and they also, for the most part, kept their mouth shut. Although, they were not adverse to quietly asking the question. "What the bleep are we doing?
The players picked up on that to a point, finally when one school and one coach, UConn Coach Randy Edsall, listened to his players enough to take the message to school and state officials, who shut down football for the fall.
SHAME ON THE COACHES.
The tragic part of this is that it was avoidable, with SOME LEADERSHIP, SOME DIRECTION.
In July, close it down for the summer, don't worry about future money, watch and wait what happens and start things on Sept. 1 with a hope of getting in two solid months of competition as well as championships.
It didn't happen, so now they are talking about the spring, which has its own minefields, including shortening the 2021 FALL FOOTBALL SEASON.
The NCAA and CFB have had many fine moments.
The past month has been among the WORST in NCAA history and everyone should bow their head for a moment of shameful silence.