University presidents and chancellors in the SEC and Big 12 conferences voted to re-open respective school athletic facilities in the second week of June. In doing so, football players will be cleared to report to campus to begin voluntary offseason workouts in order to prepare for the 2020 season.
While that was undoubtedly a step in the right direction as it pertains to the campaign actually being carried out, it really remains to be seen if things will start on time.
During a time in which optimism is an afterthought for so many folks, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expressing exactly that. Not only does he believe that college football will start as planned, but he's predicting that "some level of fans" will be permitted to attend games as well.
This confidence comes after Abbott issued new advisories to a handful of professional leagues in terms of holding events without fans. The Republican added that he's discussed potential spectator capacity with Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and University of Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte.
"Pro sports teams can begin the workout process in June," Abbott told television station KXAN. "We are anticipating the possibility of Major League Baseball starting in July. That will give us a pathway of being able to see what potential seating could look like."
Texas is currently in phase two of its reopening process, so it's easy to see why Abbott can sound so assured about the upcoming season starting on time. It's not wrong to think positively, college football fans. The governor's prediction does have a chance to come to fruition, though a lot of progress still needs to be made before that point can be reached.