We should know more today or tomorrow.
Multiple reports surfaced Sunday that college football is headed toward a postponement to the spring, or possibly a complete cancellation of the 2020 season, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Big 12 board of directors is expected to meet with its medical experts this week to discuss the upcoming season, according to a source with direct knowledge of the meeting. No decision has been made yet on the season.
A Big 12 spokesperson said the decision whether to cancel or postpone the season would be made at the board level by university presidents and chancellors.
If the season is on, it is delayed, and schools like Oklahoma have already sent players home due to the later start date.
In TCU’s case, the Frogs haven’t practiced since Friday. The team practiced Friday morning but held a team meeting later in the afternoon discussing future practice plans. The team had Saturday, Sunday and will have Monday off according to several sources.
While there is plenty of speculation from players being quarantined, schedule flexibility, and to the earlier happenings last week with Gary Patterson saying a racial slur, it’s tough to pinpoint while the Frogs have had multiple days off. The delay could go even further.
The team was scheduled to return to practice on Tuesday, but that is also currently up in the air. Some sources have said the Frogs could push back practice until Wednesday. All of this depends of course on what the conferences decide. Sources have told HFB that the players have remained in Fort Worth and the school is still providing meals for those players.
Keeping Battle committed will be a challenge as other programs come calling.
Battle comes in at No. 6 on AL.com’s A-List of the top senior prospects in the state. He is the highest ranked of three quarterbacks on the list following No. 14 Riley Leonard of Fairhope and No. 11 Will Crowder of Gardendale.
“They were building a relationship with me even before they offered me,” Battle said. “I got a text from one of the coaches this morning just checking up on me. I went down there in January and really liked the environment. I went into the coaches’ room with coach (Sonny) Cumbie (offensive coordinator), and he told me about their offense. He felt like it would be a great fit for me.”
Daphne offensive coordinator Zach Golson agreed that Battle and the Horned Frogs are a good match.
“I’ve had some extensive conversations and meetings with the TCU staff and what they do is similar to what we do,” Golson said. “They can really see Trent in their system. He will step right in from a physical standpoint. He is ready to play.
It’s pretty amazing how many players come back to Fort Worth to be around the program.
The facility is equipped with enough batting cages and a practice mound to get in the necessary work, but it’s a far cry from the spring training facilities pro teams have built in Florida and Arizona. And, hey, there’s no way to sugarcoat the disappointment.
“I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been jealous watching baseball on TV and seeing some highlights on Twitter,” said Evan Skoug, a former TCU catcher who is now with the Chicago White Sox organization.
“I’d rather be out there at the ballpark than sitting at home watching. But it’s given me a new appreciation and perspective on baseball. It can be gone like that, so the next time we do play some affiliated baseball, it’s going to be with a completely different outlook.”