With their sprawling counts of players, coaches and support personnel, the movement of college teams around the country for games every week doesn’t exactly help slow down the virus. But to the enablers, the excuse makers, those who want to normalize sickness, that does not mean much.
Move on, they say. Move on.
Even if it means holding games in front of frothing crowds. After his team lost to Texas A&M last weekend, Florida Coach Dan Mullen said the boisterous crush at College Station had been a significant factor in the defeat. So he promptly called for 90,000 Florida fans to show up for the Gators’ next game at home in Gainesville, against Louisiana State.
Distancing? Crowd control? The virus? Why bother?
Then came karma. Florida reported this week that at least 19 of its players had tested positive. The Gators’ battle this weekend against L.S.U., one of the most anticipated matchups of the erratic season, has been postponed.
Speaking of L.S.U., most of its players have already had the virus at some point this season, according to Coach Ed Orgeron.
So it goes. Rutgers. Clemson. North Carolina. Virginia Tech. Kansas State. All of these teams, each with supposedly tight protocols, have experienced outbreaks. Mississippi is grappling with the virus. Vanderbilt cannot play this weekend because so many of its players are infected.
No worries. Move on.
After first announcing the suspension of football until after Jan. 1, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 reversed course and bowed to the need to chase the tens of millions in guaranteed television revenue by holding a season. By early November, both conferences will be playing again.
Both claim to have a magic formula: better testing and increased safety measures.
If this magic formula does not work as planned, if more coaches and players fall ill, expect a hail of the now typical excuses from college football enablers.