As the new college football season rapidly approaches, cautious optimism remains we will have football beginning in September. However, an apparent outbreak of COVID-19 at one ACC school has caused school officials to pause all athletic-related activities.
NC State has temporarily paused all athletic-related activities due to an identified cluster within its programs, school says.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) August 24, 2020
The Hokies open the season against North Carolina State on Sept. 12, less than three weeks away.
As we witnessed with the University of North Carolina last week, these outbreaks are going to continue to be an issue as schools open their campuses to the entire student body. UNC quickly announced a plan to go online for the fall semester.
Is this a concern?
Absolutely. However, we always knew this was going to happen. You have students returning to campus who are coming from all around the world.
Now, how each school manages the next few weeks will determine if there will be a college football season or not in 2020.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech has positive news regarding COVID-19.
Some encouraging COVID-19 numbers on Virginia Tech's dashboard, which was updated yesterday. A bump was inevitable, but it's been small. Classes start today. Hopefully #Hokies can keep these figures low. pic.twitter.com/BmQxWmlblA— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) August 24, 2020
Buckle up. These next 18 days are going to be wild.