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Spring football? Purdue coach has a plan to make it work

With fall slate canceled, schools look at options
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Posted at 10:24 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 22:32:37-04

WEST LAFAYETTE — Spring football. Seems like a far-fetched idea. But with COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of the Big Ten fall college football schedule, schools are looking at their options.

Purdue Head Football Coach Jeff Brohm wasted no time in developing his own detailed proposal for how it would work, starting next January and continuing into the 2021 fall season.

Here are some of the key points to the Brohm plan. First, the 2020 season now moved to spring:

  • January 16 to February 26: Training camps
  • February to April 17: Eight conference games
  • May 1 to May 15: Plan A - Big Ten Championship Game followed by Rose Bowl and four team national playoff. Plan B - A playoff involving Power Five conference champs and one wild card team.

Second, adjustments made to the 2021 season:

  • October 2 to December 11. 10 game season, followed by either Plan A or B.

Brohm's plan counts on COVID-19 medical developments that would make it possible to have fans in the stands and keep players safe. He suggests that spring games be played on Saturday, followed by college basketball on Sunday.

The plan also, he says, essentially resolves player eligibility and scholarship issues.