Ray Tanner did not mean to cause a stir Friday. But when the South Carolina athletic director said conferences “might not be aligned” in a return to play from the coronavirus pandemic, speculation flew.
Tanner made the statement during a board of trustees meeting. His answer suggested that all 130 college football teams comprising the 10 FBS conferences might not kickoff together.
In other words, some conferences may — theoretically — have to create schedules comprised only of league games, while others may not play at all in 2020.
“If I told you there would be football, but it’s not possible for everybody to be aligned, you’d still take football, wouldn’t you?” Tanner told CBS Sports.
Conferences could conceivably play their own respective seasons in 2020 if unable to play nonconference games due to lack of alignment at the state or university level of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s the measure of the desperation for college football’s stakeholders to get access to the TV rights revenue that sustains the sport.