The Big Ten and PAC-12 decision to cancel the fall football season was very premature. The example of how things should be done is currently being set by the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 who have all stayed strong in their efforts to play football this fall.
With kids returning to college campuses around the country, there are bound to be outbreaks and the Coronabro media members who have been pushing liability as the reason the Big Ten and PAC-12 canceled continue to push that narrative while ignoring that hundreds of thousands of other college students are assuming the same risks that athletes are assuming. Those students aren’t going to be getting tested as regularly as the athletes on campus.
So, with students returning, it may be expected that they would do so with high positivity rates, but that is not the case for Alabama or Notre Dame.
The University of Alabama required that students be tested 14 days prior to returning to campus. Those students in the state of Alabama could go to one of 14 testing sites and those located out of state were allowed to use mail-in tests.
Per AL.com, of the 30,000 University of Alabama students that had been tested as of Wednesday, the percent of positive tests amounted to 0.83. That is a total of 249 positive tests out of 30,000 students.
Notre Dame, who will be playing football in the ACC this fall, had the same type of results.
Notre Dame tested nearly 12,000 students before the start of classes on August 10th and only 33 students returned a positive result. That’s 99.7% of students who were returning to campus COVID-free.
Does it still make sense to cancel college football?
To me, it definitely does not make sense to have already canceled the season. Waiting, like the ACC, Big 12, and SEC are doing, until after students return to campus to make a decision is what should be done.
The data, to this point, suggests that the conferences that are moving forward will be able to play their seasons. As for the Big Ten and PAC-12, they’ll be watching from the sidelines.