The NCAA’s chief medical officer weighed on the feasibility of a fall season for college athletics during an appearance on CNN early Sunday morning, and the conclusion he drew was not optimistic.
Dr. Brian Hainline painted a bleak picture on the possibility of fall sports, including college football, being able to be played this fall.
“The pathway to play sports is so exceedingly narrow right now,” he said. “Everything would have to line up perfectly.”
Among the biggest concerns for college athletes is getting the proper amount of testing in order to compete. Professional athletes have collectively bargained to be tested frequently, but the problem, Hainline says, is that there is not enough testing available to allow athletes to safely compete.
“Right now, if testing in the US stays the way it is, there’s no way we can go forward with sports,” he said.
The FDA is, however, just a “game-changing” saliva test that is supposed to return results faster could be beneficial for all students on campus at universities but availability is scarce.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already postponed college football and fall sports with hopes to be able to play in the spring.
The SEC, ACC and Big 12 are still planning to move forward with college football in the fall while players and parents of student-athletes of the other Power Five conferences petition for the others to change course and reinstate the season.