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Former BYU HC Bronco Mendenhall Says He Is Preparing For Modified College Football Season

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall of the Virginia Cavaliers looks on prior to the Capital One Orange Bowl against the Florida Gators at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah – Former BYU football and currently Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall said that his program is preparing for the college football season to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mendenhall spoke about how college football might be altered this upcoming season by the virus in an interview with CBS Sports‘ Dennis Dodd.

“We’re preparing exactly with that model in place,” Mendenhall said. “We’re acting as if, and we’re making preparations as if, we won’t have spring practice. We possibly won’t have players here for summer school, any session, and possibly we won’t have the opportunity for anything other than fall camp to begin.”

With spring practices and formal training canceled by the outbreak of coronavirus, Mendenhall said he is beginning to prepare for the start of college football to begin later than normal in 2020.

“Knowing that fall camp timing might even be pushed back, meaning that there certainly could be a chance that it’s not even (going to) be a full schedule played this year — if football is played, period,” Mendenhall continued. “I’m willing to look at that vision as far as possible saying, ‘What if there is no football this season,’ or ‘What if there is a modified season?'”

College football is scheduled to begin its 2020 season in late August. Most teams are scheduled to play their first game by the opening week of September.

“Solutions are so wide-ranging right now and have to be because of a lack of a definitive endpoint to [the virus],” Mendenhall said.

The former BYU coach spoke about the possibility of reducing the number of conference games his team plays on the upcoming schedule in order to complete a season.

“The first step would be to eliminate nonconference games from the schedule … and only play a conference schedule,” Mendenhall said. “Knowing that would still be challenging … but in relation to the options we have, that certainly might be doable. Once you are under eight games, that probably becomes a non-legitimate season.”

Prior to coaching the Cavaliers, Mendenhall was the head coach at BYU from 2005-15. From 2003-04, he was the Cougars’ defensive coordinator.

Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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