UCLA football players Elisha Guidry and Otito Ogbonnia are in favor of moving the college football season to the spring.
College football coaches are facing the daunting challenge of getting their players to maintain the required focus to prepare for season-openers when the prevailing question swirling around the sport is when, or if, the season will even be played because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said it adds an ''emotional drain'' to the rigor of weight lifting and fitness, film study and psychological preparedness. ''With so many variances on the outside of start, stop schedule, new schedule, continued start, stop, there's an existing emotional drain and distraction that is very difficult in terms of managing the external environment that does spill over,'' Mendenhall said Monday on a Zoom call with reporters.
President Donald Trump on Monday joined a U.S. senator and a number of coaches calling to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown as supporters pushed the premise that the players are safer because of their sport. There was speculation two of the five most powerful conferences - the Big Ten and the Pac-12 - might call off their seasons and explore the possibility of spring football. The Mountain West became the second conference in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivison to do just that, joining the Mid-American Conference in giving up hope on playing any sports in the first semester.