West Virginia University Athletic Director Shane Lyons is not only West Virginia sports’ biggest advocate for Mountaineer football this fall, but is also on the NCAA’s college football Oversight Committee. The committee’s current biggest concern: is there going to be football this fall?
Unfortunately for Lyons, the NCAA, collegiate athletes and the fans aggressively checking Twitter for updates nonstop; it’s still too soon to tell. Even though it’s the second week of July.
Lyons and the Oversight Committee created the six-week return plan during June that would allow teams to get back to town and ready for Week One of football the weekend of September 5 (and the Mountaineers taking on the Florida State Seminoles in Atlanta, Georgia).
According to ESPN’s Heather Dinich on Twitter, Lyons spoke candidly on COVID-19, testing and the potential cost of weekly testings. Lyons also spoke on the need for (accurate) rapid testing.
Lyons went on to tell Dinich the importance of the next two to three weeks in terms of if football can happen or not in September, highlighting the holding pattern that everyone is in.
Per ESPN: “We feel that last week of July — you could potentially go into that first week in August — which is roughly three weeks prior to the first game, and start making decisions, but that’s really pushing up against the deadline at that point,” Lyons said. “… What I’m being told by the medical experts is the next 2½ to 3 weeks is really going to tell us what August and the possibility of starting a season in September is going to look like more than continuing practice activities.”