College football fans could finally breathe a sigh of relief last week. The ACC and SEC were proactive in its scheduling efforts, to ensure there would be a college football season this fall.
The ACC announced a 10+1 format, which meant all ACC teams, including Notre Dame for this season only as a full-fledged member, would play 10 conference games and one nonconference game against an opponent located in the same state. Virginia Tech chose Liberty.
The SEC followed up with 10-game slate that would feature only conference games.
Over the weekend, it was rumored the Big Ten and Pac-12 would choose against football this fall, while the Big 12 was more closely aligned with the ACC and SEC.
So, pessimism was at an all-time high on Sunday before Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence took to his Twitter account to push for football this fall. This led to a trend on social media entitled #WeWantToPlay.
Let’s work together to create a situation where we can play the game that all of us love. Not divide and argue. There is a way forward— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 9, 2020
Players from all across college football quickly followed Lawrence, including a host of Virginia Tech players.
Numerous coaches, athletic directors and politicians have also voiced their support for a college football season this fall.
On Monday, one ACC official told Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports that the ACC expects to play this fall.
“We are trying to move forward [with playing] absolutely,” the ACC official said.
The unnamed ACC official continued.
“[Canceling football in the next couple of days] could happen for some leagues,” he said. “I’m not sure it’s going to happen in the Atlantic Coast Conference.”
So, if you wanted some good news on Monday, this should qualify.
No, it’s not definitive. Nothing will be definitive right now while the country remains in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But when all seemed lost just days ago, things appear brighter once again as players are voicing their opinions rather than politically-minded folks on Twitter.
In the end, it’s all about the players and their voices should be heard.