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The State of College Football

August 13, 2020

It's been a tumultuous week in college football, with multiple conferences postponing their fall seasons, including the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big East, while the Big 12, ACC and SEC currently plan to forge ahead.

With so many questions, the Big Noon Kickoff crew of Urban Meyer, Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart and Rob Stone sat down to try to come up with some answers about the state of the sport.

Bruce Feldman, who broke the news about the Big Ten's postponement, first joined the show to explain what went into the Big Ten and Pac-12’s decisions, whether teams or even players from those conferences could jump ship, and why the situation might be different for the Big 12, SEC and ACC:

Bruce Feldman on developing news around College Football recruiting and potential transfers

Bruce Feldman gives updates on why the Big ten and the PAC-12 postponed their season. Plus, how transfers will be handled. Feldman goes over what the fall college football landscape could look like.

That disparity between conferences that will and won't play points to what the crew believes is one of the biggest current issues – a “lack of uniformity in college football.”

Reggie Bush: “The selfish side of me would want to play”

Reggie Bush explains why he thinks it’s “insane” that three of the Power 5 Conferences plan to continue with fall football, but why as a player, he would have wanted to play.

But does that mean the sport has reached a tipping point where it needs one governing body for all the conferences?

Meyer and Klatt aren't so sure, saying this is a larger issue than just football, as no facet of society has been immune to the impact of COVID-19. And given the current structure, Klatt says, the conferences would need to be incentivized to join together under one governing body, anyway:

Urban Meyer and Joel Klatt share their thoughts on if college football needs one governing body

The Big Noon Kickoff crew discussed the possibility of college football working under one governing body. Urban, Joel, Matt and Reggie offer their perspective.

The future is obviously uncertain, but the crew gives some helpful insight on how things should move forward. 

Klatt says patience is key, with Meyer agreeing and praising the SEC for taking it a day at a time.

Joel Klatt, Urban Meyer analyze what is next for college football

On the latest edition of 'Big Noon Kickoff,' the crew discusses why patience is key moving forward in college football and praise the SEC for taking its decisions day by day.

As for spring football, the consensus was that it could work if started in January, although there are still issues that need to be addressed, specifically surrounding player health and safety and the toll football takes on the body.

Urban Meyer, Joel Klatt and Matt Leinart on what college football would look like in the spring

The 2020 college football season will be one of the most unique in the history of the sport. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already canceled fall football. What would spring football look like? Urban Meyer, Joel Klatt and Matt Leinart offer their perspective.

For the rest of this discussion, including the potential status of the national championship, watch the whole episode here:


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