Monday, August 10, 2020

Signals point both ways on whether 2020 season will happen

Usually at this point in the year I’d have a countdown to the first match of the season up there in the corner and it would say that we were about three weeks away. Of course no schedule has been announced yet, so there’s nothing to count down to!

I had planned to write today about how a the season might look this year. But after some recent reports I think it might be prudent to wait on that story.

There are some positive signs that there might be a 2020 season of some kind. The team was back on the practice courts this past week getting ready. (Check out some pics over on the official Twitter account.) Three days ago the SEC released initial COVID medical protocols and management requirements for the fall sports from the league’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.

But rumors are swirling this weekend that the Power Five conferences are seriously considering pulling the plug on 2020 fall sports. ESPN reports that the Big Ten is all but ready to make the announcement and is waiting to see if the SEC, Pac-12, Big 12, and ACC want to do it jointly. CNN has heard the same rumblings.

Whichever way things end up going, the most important thing for everyone is to stay safe out there.