Mizzou Summer sessions are now off-campus. Is football next?
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 scare we’ve been going through, there are a lot of things people don’t want to think about. And while many of them are much more serious, one of the chief amongst sports fans has been the potential loss of football season.
It seems a foregone conclusion that many of the major summer sports — baseball, hockey playoffs, basketball playoffs — will be delayed or cancelled outright as the pandemic stretches into the summer. However, football has always felt somewhat untouchable. It’s not until the fall, and there’s no way this can last until then, right?
Well, maybe not. But it’s certainly time to start thinking about it if you haven’t already. Yesterday, Mizzou moved all summer sessions online until July 31... and that could include football practices and meetings. With campus effectively shut down until then, it could signify that things are headed for a change.
A date to perhaps keep an eye on is July 13. That’s when the annual SEC football media days event is scheduled to start in Atlanta. Drinkwitz is scheduled to speak on the first day. If media days are pushed back or canceled, it could signify early changes to football’s season kickoff.
“Obviously if the university is closed and it’s shut down the way it is now and we’re sheltering at home, there’s not going to be activity,” Sterk said. “Where that goes from there, we’ll have to see.”
Let’s hope things are headed in the right direction and that the country’s response (keep washing your hands! stay home!) will be enough to curb the serious nature and allow the medical and scientific communities to do enough to fight this thing. Losing football of any measure would be another devastating blow, one we would much rather not suffer.
More Mizzou Links:
- We’ve been closely monitoring the recruitment of Bowling Green grad transfer Justin Turner, who has narrowed his list to three schools — including Missouri. And with COVID-19 precautions still in place for the foreseeable future, it seems he could be closing in on a decision as soon as this weekend.
- PowerMizzou subscribers can get access to Gabe’s Monday morning thoughts, as well as a breakdown of the Top 10 for East St. Louis 2021 wide receiver Keontez Lewis.
- Missouri is widening its net of potential transfer adds, this time to the University of Michigan:
Michigan transfer David DeJulius has heard from Maryland, Missouri, Cincinnati and Marquette since entering the portal. https://t.co/6uxougJqT0— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 7, 2020
- Eric Blum at the Columbia Post-Dispatch spoke with #TigerStyle head coach Brian Smith about staying careful as someone with health issues and a program to run in the face of the coronavirus.
- MU Softball’s Jordan Weber was named to the 2020 Justin’s World All-Freshman softball team after her strong (but abbreviated) campaign.
- Hurry! There still should be time left to vote, “Mizzou,” in the following Ultimate College fan bracket from FOX Sports.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Could RayQuawndis Mitchell’s winding path bring him to Mizzou?
- Mizzou Hoops Player Review: Javon Pickett
Generally this is where we deposit the Missouri-related links that don’t fit with the bigger theme. HOWEVER, there are only so many of those to go around these days.
So as long as I’m doing links (Mondays and Tuesdays!) I’ll be posting stuff that’s getting me through this craziness.
- Don’t get too antsy about the NBA season — Adam Silver says they won’t make any decisions on the season until May at the earliest.
- Meanwhile in South Korea, they’re playing baseball again — albeit baseball with a post-apocalyptic bent. The country’s KBO league should be an interesting test case to watch for baseball fans in the U.S.
- Derrick Goold, who usually runs the show for the Cardinals’ beat at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is also getting into the cartoon game.
- It’s not necessarily distracting or happy, but Pitchfork published a eulogy of sorts for Bill Withers, who passed way last week. If you’re a fan of his music, take a second to read it.
- Here’s some better news for you: In praise of the nonprofits working to save the food industry (from The Takeout)
- Ever wanted to know what it’s like to watch a movie with Shaquille O’Neal? Now you don’t have to wonder! What a world!
- Today is Karen (Madam Editor)’s birthday.
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