Kansas football’s 2020 Spring Game is in jeopardy due to COVID-19
After the Kansas Athletics office suspended athletic events indefinitely, it looks like Kansas football’s 2020 Spring Game probably won’t happen.
As we all know, the world of sports has come grinding to a halt due to the coronavirus. Most every professional sports league including the NHL and NBA are suspended indefinitely, and March Madness has been completely canceled. With no more Kansas basketball, now we can’t even look forward to Kansas football.
The Jayhawks’ Spring Game, now called Late Night Under the Lights was scheduled for April 18, about a month from now. Now, it doesn’t look like the scrimmage will be played, which is really too bad.
Here is athletic director Jeff Long’s full statement:
“Our highest priority at Kansas Athletics is to ensure the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. Based on the recommendation of our medical professionals, we have canceled all athletic travel indefinitely. In addition, all home and away athletics events have been suspended indefinitely. We will continue to monitor the situation and determine the next appropriate steps based on advice from our medical team.” via 247Sports
No baseball, softball, track and field, rowing, or any other Spring sports. All athletic practices are suspended too according to the Lawrence Journal-World, so more than likely, no Late Night Under the Lights. While the decision is probably the right choice, it doesn’t make it any easier to accept.
With no timetable, it’s hard to speculate when Kansas football will be able to resume practice. Their first game is coming up on September 5 against New Hampshire and with no end in sight, the Jayhawks and most other teams probably won’t have too much preparation for the 2020 season.
The worst part about losing the Spring Game is not being able to get an idea of which players are in the running for position battles. Kansas football still has a question mark at the quarterback position, so we may not find out who the top candidates are until closer to the actual season.