Urban Meyer doubts a spring football season ever happens

Urban Meyer. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
Urban Meyer. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /

Urban Meyer believes spring college football has “no chance” of working.

Urban Meyer thinks there is a zero percent chance spring college football will happen in 2021.

The FOX college football analyst let his opinion be known on how he feels about springtime college football. “No chance,” said Meyer. “You can’t ask student-athletes to play two seasons in one calendar year.” This is precisely why fall or nothing is the only logical way to go. If it’s truly about player safety, then you can toss this playing in the springtime in the garbage where it belongs.

Urban Meyer has no reason to believe spring college football will work.

With two Power 5 conferences in the Big Ten and the Pac-12 punting on playing college football this fall, as well as the MAC and the Mountain West out of the Power 5, it’ll be interesting to see what the other six conferences do. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC may play. Expect the AAC, Conference USA and the Sun Belt to follow the Power 5 leagues’ plans in their geographical footprint.

If you’re keen on the idea of playing spring football in the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains, clearly, you’ve never spent anytime in those parts of the country in the first five months of a given calendar year. Who wants to see Air Force play Colorado State in a blizzard? What about Minnesota face Wisconsin when there is two feet of snow at Camp Randall? It’s not going to work.

Weather-wise, it’s beyond apparent why playing football in the spring isn’t a realistic option for anyone. There are also two other huge factors going against the flawed logic of spring football: Meyer’s argument of a player can’t play two seasons in a sixth-month span and something that happens annually at the end of April called the NFL Draft.

Football is a gladiator sport, as everybody gets hurt playing it. To ask a student-athlete to play games that count in April and May and then have them gear up for games starting up again in the fall on Labor Day Weekend is beyond ludicrous. This isn’t baseball, basketball, soccer or other team sports were you can conceivably play the game year round. Football is and always will be different.

As for the NFL Draft, no player who has a shot at getting drafted will want to play spring football instead of prepare for the NFL Scouting Combine. It is a multi-month process to have a player get ready to transition from life as a student-athlete to a paid professional football player. By playing football in the spring, all you’re asking for is a diluted product, as is the case with any spring league.

Meyer is right that spring college football is a terrible idea and has no chance of ever working out.

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