This still leaves fan-less games as an option, but if you have tens of thousands of kids living on campus, putting 50,000 in the stands doesn’t seem that much different.
He also echoed what others have said by noting that games are probably not happening if students are not in classrooms.
“If you don’t have students on campus, you don’t have student-athletes on campus,” he said. “That doesn’t mean it has to be up and running in the full normal model, but you’ve got to treat the health and well-being of the athletes at least as much as the regular students. So if a school doesn’t reopen, then they’re not going to be playing sports. It’s really that simple.”
Neither Cal nor the Pac-12 Conference has announced any firm scheduling plans for the football season.
Currently, the Bears are scheduled to kick off their season on Saturday, Aug. 29 at UNLV. Their home opener is Sept. 5 against TCU and Cal will play its first Pac-12 game against Utah in Berkeley on Sept. 26.
All that being said... all Big 12 schools have said they ***intend*** to start school at school.
Dr. Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer, has said widespread testing will be crucial to having football in the fall. He has expressed cautious optimism that college sports could be played during the fall semester.
TCU coach Gary Patterson, president of the American Football Coaches Association, said his level of optimism is “very high” there will be a season.
“I think the closer we get to probably June 1 — a lot of people are starting to open things up a little bit more here in May — I think we’re going to be able to make a lot better decisions on what all that looks like,” he said.
Oklahoma plans to return to in-person education operations in the fall. Athletic director Joe Castiglione said last month several plans for starting football up are under consideration. Among them are starting the season on time, delaying it a few weeks, shortening the season or moving some of games or all of them to next spring.
“The good news is, I don’t think individual universities are going to be making that decision,” Castiglione said. “Whatever we decide will be done collectively though our conferences working together.”
While Big 12 schools might agree on their hopes of opening on time, playing non-conference opponents brings extra challenges. TCU is set to open its season Sept. 5 at California.
Newhouse chimes in on the Cowboys’ new hire — now that his former QB will be wearing The Star.
“But [McCarthy] was kind of under the radar because he wasn’t a young offensive genius or whatever, but he’s produced multiple amazing offenses. I’ve been a part of a few. I have no doubt in my mind he’s going to bring success to Dallas. There’s better days ahead for them with him at the helm.”
Newhouse was a rookie on the Packers’ Super Bowl team, although he never saw game action. He still experienced the thrill of winning a championship, particularly in his hometown as the Packers knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers at AT&T Stadium.
Newhouse became a key part Green Bay’s offense after that, starting 13 games at left tackle during the 2011 season when the Packers went 15-1 in the regular season. He started all 16 games at left tackle during an 11-5 season in 2012.
Newhouse then played in 15 games, including two starts, in 2013 as his Packers tenure came to a close. Newhouse has gone on to play for six more franchises, including the New England Patriots last season.
It’s great to see this become a rivalry (again).
As far as Dickies Arena, it is poised to become a basketball staple for Fort Worth. It’s scheduled to host the American Athletic Conference tournament and be an NCAA Tournament site in the coming years.
For TCU, the series with A&M made sense for a lot of the same reasons. The Horned Frogs have a strong alumni contingent in Houston and have recruited the area heavily in recent years.
Junior-to-be Kevin Samuel finished his high school career in the Houston area, and incoming freshman Eddie Lampkin played at Katy Morton Ranch.
Dates for the games have not been released but they are expected to be played in early-to-mid December 2020 and 2021.