Miami football 2020 season still on track after ACC issues statement

MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 05: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 05: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Miami football program appears to continue to be on track to begin their 2020 season September 10 against UAB after the ACC issued a statement on Tuesday on what they are doing to prepare for the season.

In a statement released by the ACC on Tuesday, the Miami football season appears to be on track to begin September 10 against UAB as it stands now. The Big 10 and Pac 12 announced on Tuesday they are suspending their 2020 fall seasons with the possibility of playing in the spring.

The ACC, Big XII and SEC, the three remaining Power Five conferences, appear on course to play their seasons this fall. The statement issued by the ACC listed the various protocols that the conference is taking to make sure the season can take place. The last part of the statement issued the need to be flexible.

The Miami football program has been very proactive in their approach to the 2020 season since March. University of Miami President Julio Frenk is the former health minister of Mexico and a global expert on pandemics who used to work for the World Health Organization. Head coach Manny Diaz has been very transparent.

Diaz, Frenk and Miami athletic director Blake James have been very open keeping fans up-to-date on where they stood with keeping the players safe, how the team would eventually reconvene, the schedule and possibility of a 2020 season. ESPN’s David Hale reported on Tuesday Diaz conducted a study on pre-COVID practices.

Hale’s ESPN colleague Andrea Adelson reported that ACC Presidents are scheduled for their weekly conference call on Wednesday and will listen to the conference’s medical advisory board. The ACC is anticipated to talk about the medical data used by the Pac 12 in their decision to cancel all sports through January 1, 2021.

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Adelson further states that the ACC is comfortable playing this fall with the majority of their teams reporting few to no coronavirus cases over the last month. Miami had three players test positive for Covid-19 last month as the team got back together to work out before beginning training camp last week.