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It's 'premature' to discuss if college football season will be moved due to COVID-19, says CU athletic director

In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday Athletic Director Rick George didn't rule out CU football holding a spring game at some point.
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Colorado Buffaloes athletic director Rick George in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Boulder, Colo. USC won 38-24. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BOULDER, Colo. — University of Colorado's Athletic Director Rick George isn't sure how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect college football, not only in the fall but this spring and summer as well. 

In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, George was asked about how the current situation affects the football team in the next several months. 

The first adjustment will come with the spring and summer schedules, he said.

"We're looking at modifications. In a best-case scenario you're looking at June, July, August leading up to the football season (for practices)," George said. "I'd love to say we're going to have a spring game, but I don't know if that will happen." 

Last week, new CU head football coach Karl Dorell said the COVID-19 pandemic affecting college football season was a "possibility."

George, however, isn't willing to speculate on what could happen to the 2020 season.

"I think it's a little premature to talk about what that would be. There's discussion and people are talking about it. You hear a lot of things about starting at different timeframes," George said. "Certainly as the days go on, I think there will be a lot more discussion as to what that looks like." 

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For now, football is the only sport in the country that hasn't been affected by COVID-19. With the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS all on hold, the NFL has moved forward with free agency and the draft, while college football has made no adjustments to its fall schedule. 

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