Ole Miss Football: Grove Grinder, Football versus Covid-19

Fans are more than ready for Ole Miss football, but can the Rebels and the SEC make it through an entire season against the threat of Covid-19?

The 2020 Ole Miss football season, like the rest of the SEC, begins September 26. Rebels fans and fans of all the SEC teams have looked forward to the 2020 college football season despite worries and concerns there may not have been a season at all. Now we can at least be sure there will be a football season for Ole Miss and the SEC. Still, we have questions and concerns.

While we look forward to seeing the Rebels in action Saturday we have to realize the 2020 football season will be different than any other we’ve known. For many schools, both at the high school and college level, there has been no football season. For some who have been able to play it has been a season that barely began with multiple games canceled.

Hard For Some

So far 2020 hasn’t been a good year for many football teams. On the high school level, in Mississippi, it has been rough. A large number of teams have faced cancellations, many of which were having very good starts to their seasons.

Covering high school sports in Rankin county, I have seen the effects of COVID-19 on local football teams in and around the Jackson area. Brandon, Hartfield, Park Place Jackson Prep, and MRA have had games canceled due to COVID-19.

Across Mississippi, there have been other schools to postpone or cancel games. In the long run, the effects of this will have far-reaching implications on the end of the season and playoffs to determine championships across the state.

On the college level, in a shortened season, we have already seen teams affected. Memphis has had a very rough start after its season-opening win over Arkansas State. After the game on September 5th, the Tigers were scheduled to play Houston but the game was postponed. Now, Memphis will hope to resume its season on October 3rd. This will certainly have a huge impact on the rest of the American Athletic Conference and its members.

The later start date for the Ole Miss football, and the SEC, may be the deciding factor in avoiding the same issues that other conferences have faced. Only time will tell. We do know coach Lane Kiffin has done a great job of keeping the positive COVI-19 tests to a minimum. Now we wait and see how this plays into any success the Rebels have through the 2020 college football season.

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