Urban Meyer: No chance of a spring college football season

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Former Ohio State Urban Meyer said what many are thinking after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced the postponement of fall sports: The conferences might as well have used the word “canceled” at least for football.

In an interview with the Big Ten Network, Meyer gives college football “no chance” of playing in the spring.

No chance,” Meyer, an assistant athletics director at Ohio State and FOX Sports college football analyst, said, via 247sports.com. “You can’t ask a player to play two seasons in a calendar year. When I first heard that, I said that. I don’t see that happening, when I hear that. The body, in my very strong opinion, is not made to play two seasons within a calendar year. That’s 2,000 repetitive reps and football’s a physical, tough sport. So I don’t, really don’t, see that happening.”

Star players eligible for the draft would have little reason to play, especially if the NFL keeps its current schedule for the draft.

“We recruited players at Ohio State that have a chance to earn a living and play the game and be rewarded for their great efforts, and you’re going to ask them to play spring football — by the way — and then go miss OTAs and not prepare for a dream to go play in a professional football?” Meyer said. “That’s not fair.”

10 responses to “Urban Meyer: No chance of a spring college football season

  1. play a condensed informal schedule in the fall or skip the season altogether. no spring football

  2. I’m sure he knows more than me. However who said it would be a normal season length. also ‘spring season’ imp;ies spring. What about a 6 game season starting january 15th.

  3. Why not have January 1st be the new goal? Instead of bowls it’s WEEK 1. Condensed schedule. 8-10 games. That would make March fun. March Madness AND College Football Playoff.

    Draft goes off in May…where it SHOULD be.

    No OTA’s. Theyre dumb. Rookies report same time as vets in July.

  4. I don’t say this often — almost never — but thank you Urban. Finally, some common sense with regard to spring football.

  5. Apparently, based on these comments, everyone here thinks the Covid will be gone by January? Really?

  6. Willful incompetence at the national level is responsible for us losing a NCAA sports season. How can any reasonable American continue to support this?

  7. People expect players to play in a spring league and be able to hold up for a chance to play in the NFL.

  8. He’s worried about players that are planning on going into the NFL. This is the last chance that many of these guys will get to play in their life. It’s bad enough for baseball or basketball to get cancelled but you can play those sports for a long time. You only have a very limited window for Football.

  9. It should be up to the individual players whether or not they want to play. Each player should be educated on the risks involved as well as the statistics associated with the disease. These students are adults and can make a rational decision. To arbitrarily deny a chance for the students, who have devoted a good part of their lives to the sport, a chance to play is wrong.

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