The Push to Play

Personal Article

Should the NCAA have started the college football season, or should they have immediately canceled it? Read to find out.

by Prithvi Prem

The seven days between March 6 and March 13 stood as one of the most monumental times in sports history. During these seven days, the entire sports world paused their seasons and took a hiatus for the next few months. This included the NCAA ( National Collegiate Athletic Association), who canceled March madness, and all other spring sports. But 5 months later, all other major US sports have resumed, except the NCAA, who were yet to announce their plans for starting the college sports season.

There has been more and more pressure on the NCAA committee to come up with a decision or the upcoming football season. For months, college sports leaders have declared that if classes do not return on campus this fall, football and other sports would not be played. But even then, some believe exceptions can be made if there is other limited student activity, and there is increasing pressure to find ways to operate.

On last Thursday, September 9th, the NCAA resumed their season and every conference except the Pack 12 and the Big 10 are going to begin.

This is where the trilemma is presented. Should the NCAA have started the college football season, or should they immediately cancel it? Or is there perhaps a neutral perspective?

Stance 1: College football should have resumed

Over the past couple of months, many people have called for the NCAA to resume the college football season on time. These people include US President Donald Trump, who on August 10th, tweeted “ Play College Football!” Clemson Quarterback,

Trevor Lawrence, one of college football’s biggest stars, came out with a statement of support for starting the season as planned. He had many reasons as to why he made that decision, including the fact that “players will all be sent home to their own communities where social distancing is highly unlikely and medical care and expenses will be placed on the families if they were to contract COVID-19”. This is a valid claim by Lawrence considering that most NCAA football athletes come from marginalized, smaller towns, where COVID regulations are not as imposed as larger cities. This essentially means that NCAA athletes are much safer at school than at home.

Another argument made by Lawrence

is that athletes can use football to maintain emotional stability, like a safe haven, blocking out all the chaos happening across the country. Many players are involved in off-the-field issues that are bothering them, so they can use football as an escape from it all. Especially with the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, many student-athletes will be filled with emotion around the current state of the country. They could take a break from it all, by participating in the football season. College football could also provide a much-needed break for many fans around the US, who might be caught up in other problems.

Lawrence’s last, most compelling argument is that having a season will