There is a lot of uncertainty with the upcoming collegiate football season. When will it start? Will there be a full 12-game season? Will fans be able to attend?
With a majority of the sports world currently on hold amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no concrete plan in place or course of action that all schools will follow.
Of course, safety is at the forefront of all these decisions as multiple scenarios call for different plans of action such as: an 8-game season; or perhaps a full, 12-game season that starts January 1.
But the one thing we think all sports fans can agree on, we all want football. And so does Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal.
Hypothetically speaking, if the collegiate season didn’t begin until October, would you rather have an 8-game, shortened regular season that ends on time, or a full 12-game that leaks into winter season through January?
If everyone was held to the same standard and had the same regimen structure, I would always be in favor of playing 12 football games. — Mario Cristobal
Cristobal joined a Pac-12 Webinar series, along with host Yogi Roth, Cal head coach Justin Wilcox and Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin, on Friday to discuss preparing for a season that is in doubt and how to develop a two-deep with no spring ball.
No doubt about it, the Ducks could have used a long, productive spring ball. The reigning Pac-12 champs and Rose Bowl victors have undergone some serious changes this offseason: A new offensive coordinator (Joe Moorehead) and new quarterback (likely Tyler Shough) need time to develop a working and personal relationship both on and off the field.
Unfortunately, this time looks a lot different now with personal communication relying on Zoom and FaceTime rather than face-to-face contact. However, Cristobal doesn’t seem to be too worried about the circumstances because of what is already set in place.
What they bring to the table along with the fact that we feel like we’ve established a really good culture. Not just a word to throw out there, not just a tagline, we’ve got miles to go but we feel that has been established from a mindset standpoint, from a standard of expectations and operation, that it’s going to be on the players. — Mario Cristobal
The culture of Oregon Football has certainly shifted since Cristobal took over on December 8, 2017.
Not only has their been an shift in effort and attitude, but also in results.
In the meantime, continue to Zoom away, continue to stay in touch and most importantly, build stronger relationships with those players. These new coaches have not spent that much time around them, they have to on a daily basis build those relationships so that trust is really formed and that they can move forward and really trust each other. — Mario Cristobal
Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest former Oregon lineman Geoff Schwartz.