As the calendar turns to August, the college football world faces a critical month amid the coronavirus pandemic. While conferences have trimmed down schedules to only play other schools in the conference, training sessions themselves pose a threat.
The University of Maryland knows that, as they had nine positive tests in early July that suspended workouts. With the virus still as prominent as ever, it begs the question: Will a football season happen in College Park?
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has seen what the team and staff have been doing in recent weeks to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved and is under the impression that the program is trending toward playing.
"I think they're working towards trying to figure out a way to get the guys to play," Hogan said on The Sports Junkies.
Specifically, Hogan is encouraged by the "bubble" the student-athletes are in. Though he notes it is different than what the NBA and NHL are doing, football players are making sure to not expose themselves to outside threats while on campus.
That, paired with increased testing has Hogan believing that a Big Ten season can happen. But, with the virus still calling the shots, Hogan is forced to be in the same situation as every other sports fan and just remain optimistic.
"That's what I'm hoping," Hogan said.
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan hopeful UMD can have college football season originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington