Could the Clemson football players return to campus in June ?
Trevor Lawrence and several other Clemson football players have expressed their desire to get back to work for the upcoming season.
The Tigers enter the 2020 season as one of the favorites to compete for a National Championship and there doesn’t seem to be much standing in their way, assuming the season can start.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a massive shift in the ‘expert opinion’ when it comes to when and if the College Football season will be played in 2020. A little less than a month ago, the overarching opinion was that there was almost no way for the season to start on time and that the most optimistic outlook may see the season start in January of 2021.
Now, many analysts are beginning to see a more positive outcome.
There are discussions about getting players back on campus. Conferences and the NCAA are discussing several options for the upcoming season, including starting at different times and even potentially having fans- with limited capacity- during the season.
There are still many questions, Clemson football fans
Many College Football coaches and Athletic Directors have expressed their concern about starting the season without players having ample time to prepare. Most have said the players will need somewhere in the vicinity of 6-8 weeks to be ready to go.
Well, the NCAA Division I Council is expected to lift a ban on on-campus sporting activities that will allow players the route of coming back on campus. In addition, the SEC is set to take a vote on allowing student-athletes to return to campus, as early as June 1 as a potential date, according to reports from Sports Illustrated.
While John Swofford and the ACC has yet to announce a planned vote of any kind that would allow student-athletes back on campus, one has to believe that the majority of Power-5 conferences will fall in line with what the SEC does.
Could that mean we see Clemson football players reported back to campus in June? It certainly seems possible.
It will be interesting to see how things play out over the next couple of weeks as we see decision-makers across the country take steps toward getting the season to happen.