Ohio Gov with sober comments about whether college football will return this fall

By Jesse Reed
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There is a lot up in the air when it comes to college football potentially being played this fall amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking on the subject Wednesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine had a sober take on the situation.

DeWine: It’s ‘too early to know’ if college football will return to Ohio this fall

Governor DeWine made it clear that any decision about whether college football will return is not going to happen now. Speaking with Paul Finebaum of ESPN, he said, “it’s too early to know” if it will happen.

“I don’t think we know. Anyone who tells you they know is making it up. I’m not going to make it up.”

Obviously, the Ohio State football program is one of the most prominent in the nation. If the Buckeyes can’t play, there would be significant national ramifications. It’s no wonder that there is increasing pessimism about the college football season starting on time.

Shifting sands make for an uneven foundation

What we do know is that there is conflicting information being passed along from the top of our government.

President Donald Trump is pushing hard for the nation to open back up after nearly two months of being shut down for the most part.

Meanwhile, the CDC declared Tuesday that the nation is in the “acceleration phase of the pandemic.”

While the federal government has been unwilling to lead in a cohesive manner, states have taken matters into their own hands. The reality of the situation is that some parts of America will open up faster than others.

Along with this reality is an evolving, complex situation as it relates to college sports, including college football. What’s true today may not be true tomorrow. Next week, there could be more shutdowns if there are flare-ups of COVID-19 in certain parts of the nation.

With all that in mind, what DeWine said rings truer than anything else you may read today: “Anyone who tells you they know is making it up.”