Fresno State Pushes Back Start Of Fall Camp
Bulldogs have fourth COVID-19 setback.
Football camp is pushed back
Fresno State was scheduled to start fall camp on Aug. 7 but there was another COVID-19 setback to the football team. There is a lot of uncertainty from the football team, school, and the community of Fresno which has 15,448 COVID-19 cases, and this past week saw recorded increases this past week.
There is no chance the football team can start fall camp this upcoming week and that is because no one from the team, or any fall sports, has been on campus for voluntary workouts. Plus, to have started camp on time, the team would have had to been on-campus and take a COVID-19 test on July 31, which they did not.
“With the uncertainty, I do not believe it would be far-fetched to think we would not be looking at the possibilities of delays with any fall activities,” athletics director Terry Tumey said via the Fresno Bee.
The Mountain West is expected to announce what their plan is for fall sports sometime this week and speculation would be that the league will go to a conference-only slate and possibly a plus-one or -two model.
The reason the conference may keep a few non-conference games would be to assist Air Force to maintain its rivalry games against Army and Navy.
Plus, there are a few games against BYU with the league this year and with the Cougars down to six games and they now need a few more opponents. Maybe there can be a mutually beneficial relationship for this year for all and add a few more BYU vs. Mountain West games.
Fresno State has already lost two non-conference games in Colorado and Texas A&M, and that amounts to over a million dollars lost for just the game vs. the Aggies.
If the season is to be pushed back then Fresno State’s delayed camp start is not a big deal. Currently, the Bulldogs are scheduled to open the season vs. Idaho State on Sept. 5