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BTP The Offseason, Day 61: I’m sorry about football

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Drew Bledsoe Patriots

College football season cannot begin overnight, with no practices or training camp—the NCAA requires a certain buffer period after which it can feel fine with expensing your body. In these calamitous times, the NCAA decided that there should be at least a six-week buffer between the start of organized camp and the beginning of the regular season for any given team.

This means that, at bare minimum, a regular start to the regular season requires a mid-July reporting period for any given college football program. This is assuming that the agreed-upon six-week buffer is fair, that health officials give the all-clear, that we are all living in a fantasy land of magic clouds which sing us a song of soothing footballs, pattering like rainfall. (Damn that sounds nice.)

The powers-that-be know that’s bullshit, but right now they’re really trying to protect season ticket sales, because they serve no other meaning.

The Pac-12 and Big-12 are shifting their media days online, and those were scheduled for mid-to-late July. The Pac-12 and Big-12 are not yet ready to use this to announce with certainty that their league’s respective regular seasons are toast, because obviously they are wimps, and they don’t value the student-athletes who make all of their money.

College football is not happening in this calendar year, is the point here. You may well lament that, which is your right, just as it’s also your right to go to the fucking TJ Maxx and for what, for whom, for whose slacks?