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Opinion: Cancelling The College Football Season Is The Worst Thing You Can Do

By Stephen Diener

It is a trend and idea that has been building ever since the Ivy league cancelled their college football season a few weeks ago.

Get rid of the 2020 season.

It’s a fans worst nightmare and should be the worst nightmare of universities too, but nevertheless, the word came out yesterday that it was almost “inevitable” at this point that the season would get canned. The major conferences started to take the idea more seriously when the MAC became the first big FBS conference to cancel their season this past Saturday.

A few days before that, there was major celebration after the power 5 conferences announced their schedules. And then all of a sudden last night, like a vicious unforgiving wind, we started to get inundated by the news that the BIG 10 started discussions with the other power conferences to give up on the 2020 season and try again next year.

This prompted a huge, and quite frankly a little surprising blow back from players all over the country. Many took to social media last night to say how they felt about the issue using the hashtag “wewantoplay.” Some even gave examples how if they went home they would be in more danger of catching the virus than they would be if they stayed on campus and played.

The loudest voice was the most recognizable one as well. Trevor Lawrence of Clemson took to Twitter to say that the game should be played for a myriad of reasons.

It’s very hard to argue with that point because he is 100 hundred percent correct.

Not to mention the fact that many people would lose careers and universities could very well lose not only their football programs, but other sports programs as well as they try to make up for all of the money they would lose with a cancelled or postponed season.

Now, please don’t take this as a referendum on the seriousness of the virus. That is not my intention. This is instead a plea, if not a prayer, to consider other avenues and solutions to this issue that would allow the season to go on and let the players play.

It can happen. And it should.