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Money not main reason for return of college football

Rich Donnelly
Updated: July 30, 2020 09:31 PM
Created: July 30, 2020 05:33 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WHEC) — Right now the plan is to have football in the Carrier Dome this fall.

Wednesday the ACC announced that its member schools would play an 11-game season with 10 of those games against conference opponents. Notre Dame will play a full ACC schedule.

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That announcement comes as many smaller leagues in lower divisions are postponing the entire fall season over health concerns.

Power conference schools who play football generate millions of dollars in TV revenue, but Thursday Syracuse Athletic Director John Wildhack said that SU has health protocols in place for safety and that money was not the driving force behind all of the university's fall sports competing this year.

“No one can dismiss the importance of revenue in football of the A5 and Group of 5,” said Syracuse Athletic Director John WIldhack, “so no one can be dismissive of that.  But that’s not the sole purpose to play, our student-athletes want to play, they want to compete.  If anybody felt uncomfortable coming back, they didn’t have to come back, If anyone doesn’t feel comfortable playing, we will honor their scholarship.”


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