While UM President Julio Frenk has repeatedly announced his anticipation that Hurricanes football will take place without fans in 2020, the program's home stadium may be a safer place to welcome spectators than nearly any other stadium in the country.
I spoke to John about the SEC talks framing their 2020 plans, what a conference-only schedule will look like, if and how fans will be allowed to attend games and most importantly, if there will be a college football season at all.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that a survey "of every public four-year college in the country, as well as every private institution that competes in Division I sports or is a member of an elite group of research universities" revealed at least 6,600 "cases tied to about 270 college over the course of the pandemic". It was the best thing for the ACC, it was the best thing for Notre Dame, and that makes it pretty easy when you know that.
Those games will begin on September 26, three weeks after the previous Labor Day weekend opening.
"The 10-plus-1 is aspirational", Wildhack said.
"We just need everyone to do their part to bring an end to this pandemic, " James told WQAM.
The conference generally plays an 8-game schedule each year, and will have to add two games. The school's games broadcast on NBC under their national broadcast deal will be included in the conference's agreement that all 15 schools will split media revenues.
"It helps, but it's not a game changer", Wildhack said. In his first comments since the schedule was announced, Swofford told Packer & Durham on the ACC Network that he and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick started discussing the possibility that the Irish would play a full ACC schedule about a month ago.
According to its most recent tax filing for 2018-19, ACC schools received an average payout of $28.8 million, and Notre Dame received a $6.8 million share, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
How did Wildhack deliver the schedule news to Dino Babers?
The SEC will play a 10 game schedule of only conference games this fall and won't start games until late September.
The road slate on paper is brutal, with trips to Clemson, Notre Dame, Louisville, North Carolina and Pittsburgh on the docket.
Wildhack said he delivered the news to football coach Dino Babers in his office earlier this week, making sure to give himself a little extra space before doing so.
It's sad because Florida is not going to play FSU in 2020 if there is a 2020 season. We've said over and over again, we're in it together. UM is taking its lead from Hard Rock Stadium and Dolphins officials, who James said are communicating with local government officials regarding various venue plans if fans are allowed. If Syracuse was permitted to fill the Carrier Dome at 20% capacity, it would cap its game attendance at about 10,000 fans.