Brian Kelly, the lovable Notre Dame Fighting Irish football head coach, went on ESPN’s SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt to talk about the current situation in college football with the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re all trying to figure this out. 30 years of being a head football coach, I thought I had the manual written and read. But no, that’s not the case, so we are all trying to figure it out. I think one thing for certain is player safety, student-athlete safety, staff, support staff, making sure that, first and foremost, that everybody is healthy and safe. We’re student athletes. Where does the education piece come in? Our football coaches took off the football coach’s hat and put on the academic support hat and it’s been challenging, but it’s been fun in that respect too because it’s meant something different.”
Obviously the biggest thing in question right now is the actual 2020 college football season, and if it’s actually going to happen. Kelly told Van Pelt that a target date of July 1 (should that be available) is critical to getting the season started on time.
“To me, I think July 1. If you can’t start training your football team by July 1, you’re going to need at least four weeks. Strength and conditioning coaches are going to want six. Sports medicine is probably looking at four to six weeks. I think the realistic goal here is minimum of four weeks of conditioning before you put them in camp. College football is going to be affected if we’re not playing in 90 days, in terms of the conditioning element, and getting these young men ready.”
You can watch the entire interview below: