The Big Ten announced earlier this week their conference-only schedules for participating teams. That’s a step in the right direction for having a season in the fall, but that doesn’t mean normalcy will return any time in the near future.
The SEC has yet to announce theirs. But, even the schedule announcement doesn’t mean a season is a sure thing. There is still quite a bit to go into it as both Division II and Division III fall championships.
Larger schools have a bit more pull, but things will be far from what we’re used to, especially in Pennsylvania. Penn State is one of the top programs in college football. But if there is a season, they won’t have fans in the stadium.
On Thursday, the school announced it will not be allowing fans to attend their home football games this fall. Penn State is easily the biggest program thus far to announce it will have no fan presence at games this fall.
With one of the largest stadiums in college football, Penn State brought a raucous crowd on a weekly basis. It will be interesting to see in the coming week if powerhouses like Michigan and Ohio State follow suit.
Obviously, PSU players may play in front of some fans as the university cannot control what others do when playing away, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see the conference make no fans a rule of thumb.
Beaver Stadium holds about 107,000. It is an incredible atmosphere, and one that will be missed. What’s even more terrifying is what this could mean for the rest of the programs that could certainly fear the risk they may put students in.
As the coronavirus continues to spread like wildfire, plans to have a season may alter. But for now, Kentucky is still set to play and have at least some fan presence, though it’s unclear how many it will be.