Urban Meyer on a Spring Football Season: “I Really Don't See That Happening”

By Kevin Harrish on August 11, 2020 at 5:10 pm
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The Big Ten has postponed its fall football season with hopes of instead playing in the spring, but Urban Meyer isn't convinced.

After hearing the news of the Big Ten's postponement, the former Ohio State coach told BTN there's “no chance” we see a spring college football season, saying “I really don't see that happening.”

Meyer believes it's simply unrealistic to safely play two college football seasons within a calendar year, given the wear and tear on a player's body.

These current comments echo the stance Meyer's held throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as he made similar comments back in July.

“When you play a long season and when you get to spring practice," Meyer said on Fox's Big Noon Kickoff in July. "When you play 2,000 competitive reps, your body is not ready for contact in three months or two months. It’s not. I would not put those players in harm’s way."

Meyer said he was "devastated" to hear the news of the Big Ten's decision to postpone the season, and has been receiving texts from players and parents since the announcement.

"My mind has been trained the past 35 years to think about the student-athlete, and I recruited a lot of those guys," Meyer said. "Just devasted."

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