WHAT WILL BECOME OF FALL SPORTS?
|Will we see crowds like this again anytime soon?|
A lot of the decisions, obviously, are going to hinge on how well the nation recovers from the COVID-19 Pandemic. And, will their be a "second front" of the virus escalating as cooler weather returns this fall? When will the nation "flatten the curve" we hear so much about?
(Just thinking about a "flat curve" brought a random thought to mind. When will we see Celene Funke jump on a "flat curve" from an opposing pitcher and take it to the fence in Ulmer for a triple?
We cover women's sports, as you undoubtedly know, here at Cardinal Couple. Me and the other three writers here spend our fall, during normal circumstances, covering women's soccer, field hockey, golf, track and field, swimming, the start of volleyball and several other DI activities that UofL participates in.
The ACC has not yet issues any official policy on fall 2020 sports. A lot of that, obviously, has to do with students being able to return to campus in the fall. Social distancing requirements in the fall are unknown yet, also. Fan attendance is a big question mark, too.
|Will Jared be able to get pictures like this anytime soon?|
Television broadcasting for soccer isn't affected as much, they have an adjacent room next to the main press box.
|Will Paulie be tweeting from press boxes this fall?|
I would hope that the several photographers at these two events would still have access to the sidelines to get their pictures.
One University president has already discussed the matter, and then walked back on his original statement.
Tom Katsouleas, the president at UConn, got the pressure cooker steaming when he addressed the possibility pf fall sports being cancelled due to the coronavirus, while speaking to a university class, via NTI.
|Will this scenario be the new normal for sports attendance?|
UConn and Katsouleas both quickly pulled a "reverse" on the statement, though. A spokesperson for the University said: "It was a misunderstanding about the phrasing of what he sai. Fall sports are still on".
So, if they did consider allowing sports that don't involve close distances, would tennis and golf compete?
Also, moving fall sports to the spring, as has been suggested, create an overload of athletic events for campuses? Let's say you have football, lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, softball, baseball, volleyball and women's basketball all scheduled, at UofL on a spring Sunday. All without a fan base.
|Will Touchdown Squirrel scenarios happen this fall?|
Given UConn 2-10 football record for 2019, with wins over Wagner and UMass, it might be an act of kindness if they cancelled football at UConn to prevent any melancholy and depression for Husky Football fans.
So, we wait and see. How will our nation's sports enthusiasts be by August? How will the Covid-19 virus be affecting our society? Time will tell...
VINCE TYRA TO IMPLEMENT FURLOUGHS FOR LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC EMPLOYEES
Fresh off the heels of Vince Tyra announcing cost-cutting measures within the athletic department (coaches taking 10% pay cuts, budget cuts to individual sports of 15% and the freezing of non-essential travel and hiring), the next step in trimming the athletic department budget will be furloughs or other employee-based reductions.
These will go into effect today. Tyra met with announced sometime this week. In a meeting with with UofL athletics association board Monday, via video conference, the measures the athletic department is taking to deal with COVID-19 closures and cancellation was discussed -- although no specific information has been released yet.
A look at the UofL athletic staff directory shows around 325 individuals associated with Louisville Athletics -- ranging from athletic administration to Volleyball (in alphabetical order)...covering 40 different categories.
We get it, we understand it. Jobs are disappearing everywhere. Just look at the unemployment numbers.
UofL Athletics anticipates generating less revenue than originally projected. Through March, UofL athletic expenses were $1.5 million more than this time last March.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Athletic Department employees who will be affected by the upcoming furloughs.
It would certainly appear that those huge buyout packages to Jurich, Pitino and Petrino are taking a toll.