We’re all in this together, at the mercy of the coronavirus and each other. So as we think about a college football season in the fall, and all the momentum that appears to be building toward games being played, let’s start with the road block.
A surge of the virus could stop everything again, or at least stop a sport with as much contact as football. But when Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith last week outlined the Buckeyes’ plans, it was clear that one of the most important football programs in the country, in a state that has been taking serious coronavirus precautions from the start, had come a long way.
If it’s safe for the players and football staff, Ohio State will play. The rest will be figured out. Here’s where things appear to stand for Ohio State football, based on recent comments from Smith and what other university and athletic department leaders around the country have said.
Smith made it clear how much work Ohio State has done on logistics. The athletic department has investigated how many fans could be allowed in Ohio Stadium for a game. We often talk in black and white about decisions around the virus, but the real choices are made in the gray. Ohio State is doing that.