The college football season is widely suspected of not starting on time due to the spread of the coronavirus, but it’s still early to even determine that right now.
If it was up to Mike Gundy, it would start on time regardless of what’s going on around the globe.
On Tuesday, the Oklahoma State coach stated he currently is still planning on returning to the football building on May 1st. Gundy said he hopes tests will be available in three or four weeks so employees and players can be cleared to gather together.
Gundy has some eye-brow raising comments when he stressed the need for administrators to have a plan for getting back to work and eventually proceeding with the 2020 season.
“How fast that can happen based on the tests that are available, I can’t say right now, but that’s the plan,” Gundy said, per ESPN’s Heather Dinich. “We have to have a plan, and the plan right now is for them to start on May 1. It might get backed up two weeks. I don’t know, I can’t make that call, but if it does, we’ll start with the employees of this company, the ones that come in this building. Then we’ll bring the players in, and slowly but surely we’ll test them all in.”
Gundy continued to stress the need for people to get back to work.
“We’ve got to go back to work. We’ve got to get these guys back in here. … From what I read, the healthy people can fight this, the antibodies make it better,” he said. “They’re doing some blood transplants now with the people that have already gotten the disease, that has gotten over it that have the antibodies that can fight it. There’s a lot of people who can figure this out. May 1’s our goal. Don’t know if it will happen. Players will come in after that.”
“In my opinion, we need to bring our players back,” Gundy said. “They are 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22-years old and they are healthy and they have the ability to fight this virus off. If that is true, then we sequester them, and continue because we need to run money through the state of Oklahoma.”
“I’m not taking away from the danger of people getting sick,” he said. “You have the virus, stay healthy, try to do what we can to help people that are sick. And we’re losing lives, which is just terrible. The second part of it is that we still have to schedule and continue to move forward as life goes on and help those people.”
Social media wasn’t feeling his comments at all:
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