Frequent Clemson football adversary Paul Finebaum doubtful for 2020 CFB season
Frequent adversary of the Clemson football program, Paul Finebaum, has some doubts when it comes to the 2020 season in College Football.
Finebaum, who was more than optimistic about the start of the CFB season just a few weeks ago, has since walked back those comments following a tough week in College Football.
Clemson football announced that 21 Tigers had tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus. Later, it was reported that LSU was quarantining 30 players in relation to the virus.
Those reports, though they should be expected, have led to some of the more positive analysts taking a step back.
"“I’ve gone from incredibly positive to pause, because it is too early and we don’t know yet,” Finebaum said on ESPN’s ‘Get Up’ on Friday. “I’m hearing more gloom and doom this week than I’ve heard in any week since early-to-mid April. Nobody is saying it and nobody wants to say it, because if you say the college football season is doubtful, the thought police come after you for disregarding the nation opening. But privately, many people are starting to doubt where we are.”"
Finebaum said that, in his opinion, College Football is more difficult to pull off right now than the NFL.
"“There’s nowhere to go to be in a bubble. You have programs all over the country with different economic situations and testing protocols,” Finebaum said. “I think even if we get to a season, you will see teams that will not play or will not play a full season. It’s going to be a jigsaw puzzle of epic proportions.”"
Clemson football fans will hope that Finebaum is wrong again
There’s definitely not many positive developments that have come out of this week when it comes to College Football and Clemson football fans will obviously be hoping that Finebaum is wrong again.
This time, Finebaum is likely hoping he is wrong, as well.
It shouldn’t be surprising that we’re seeing athletes across the country test positive and the good news is that we still have plenty of time, but the developments this week have at the very least shown us the difficulties that are going to come with playing a College Football season.
If this was a game week, Clemson football would be without 21 players for the next two games. LSU would be missing 30 due to quarantining.
It will be interesting to see what happens over the course of the next couple of months as we approach the scheduled start of the 2020 College Football season.