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Before students even return to campus, COVID-19 is already casting a shadow over the 2020 college football season. Depending on how things develop, that shadow could blot out the entire season.
According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, fans are not only aware of that possibility but many expect it to happen.
Just over one-third of fans expect the 2020 season to be canceled entirely. Another 32 percent of fans think the season will be moved to the spring of 2021. The remaining 34 percent of fans think the NCAA will be able to pull off a conference-only or regional schedule.
There is slightly more confidence in the success of the basketball season. The typical season starts in early November, but is proceeded by preseason games.
More than a third of fans believe the basketball season will have a delayed start, but will be completed. 27 percent of fans think the basketball season will be conference only and 16 percent think the basketball season will also be canceled. Only 10 percent believe the season will go off without any changes.
So what does this mean for Ole Miss season ticket holders? Well, an e-mail sent out this week from Ole Miss athletics detailed a few options for those of us who have already bought our season tickets (ya boi OMTB included). If the 2020 season has a reduction in capacity or canceled completely, season ticket holders can:
1.) Take a credit for 2021 season tickets.
2.) Use the amount paid as a donation with a 90 percent deduction and alumni points.
3.) Get a refund.
Now, I’m still hopeful we will see Ole Miss play some football this fall though I’m increasingly believing there will be no one in the stands other than maybe some students or family of players at the most. I think the luxury suites could potentially be opened, because they could be a very controlled environment with the right guidelines in place.
But, ultimately, fans won’t have a final answer for a few more weeks. As soon as we get any decent sourcing, the Cup will have it updated with the latest details.
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