And so it begins. With all the talk of whether there will be a college football season this fall and what it could look like, it appears the first domino may have fallen.
The news of USC reportedly backing out of its season opener against Alabama in Dallas comes on the same day the California State University chancellor announced the schools in that system — which includes three FBS programs — will not have in-person classes this fall.
It also substantiates the reports that the Crimson Tide has already been talking to other opponents to hopefully fill the vacancy in the schedule, honing in on TCU, who is scheduled to play Cal in Week 1.
This is exactly why nobody has any idea what will happen with college football. There is no one head honcho and decisions are made by an innumerable amount of people across the country. The best option may end up being conference-only seasons for those conferences which choose to play, thus eliminating decisions needing to be coordinated by multiple commissioners and universities.
But whatever ends up happening, this news out of California does not bode well for college football on the West Coast this season, and isn't exactly great news for college football fans anywhere. All we can do is keep waiting for more news and hope it isn't more like this.