I came across this podcast while surfing the MVFC site. The date was June 30th and obviously a few things have happened since that date to change the landscape. Some of the discussion though is still relevant. The cost of testing for the programs was something I had not thought much about. Very expensive and now schools like ISU have lost a big payday with the BIG10's decision not to play non-conference games. The financial picture is not looking good. Face shields for all players on their helmets were mentioned but that I think will be problematic. First, the physical issue of a full face mask causing the shield to fog up as a heavy breathing player exhales. The current shield do not cover the lower portion of the face and is mainly for screeing of the eye area. Manufacturers would have to develop a new shield and that will change the configuration of the helmet to some extent. I can already see the miles-long line of blood lawyers waiting to file suits based on the reconfiguration. Referees, traveling, and staying in hotels. Will they have to wear masks? They are moving and running so that will be difficult. Shields? The same fogging issue is likely. I heard on this board somebody say to listen to the doctors. Patty referenced every team and every university has a medical person and there are many different perspectives. Which doctor? She mentioned players will need to possibly wear masks on the sidelines and definitely without exception when around coaches. Coaches are older and more high risk. Sidelines made bigger to distance and much, much more. It is about 45 minutes but worth a listen if you are interested.
On this edition of the MVFC First & Goal podcast, Kelly Burke interviews Missouri Valley Football Commissioner Patty Viverito about the state of college football in COVID-19.