North Carolina head coach Mack Brown said Tuesday it makes sense for the ACC to play defense and gather facts related to the coronavirus before players take the field this season.
Brown said he is hopeful the 2020 season can be played but admitted the conference would be in a pickle if multiple other leagues opt to shift the season to later in the fall or next spring.
"I don't see leagues playing by themselves. If you see three or four saying, 'We don't think it's healthy,' then why would we do it?" Brown said Tuesday in a Zoom call with reporters.
Big Ten officials are reportedly contemplating postponing the season until the spring and the Pac-12 is expected to follow suit. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said Monday he wouldn't rush to make any decision with the start of the 2020 regular season already delayed.
Brown said all options, including pushing the start of the season back again, should be considered equally.
"One thing the players have probably done is by saying, 'We want to play,' then what people might do is slow down because we're learning more about the virus every day, and let's wait and look at every possible option since they want to play," Brown said. "I think that's what everybody is looking at right now; let's take a deep breath, let's make sure they're safe and then let's look at options. Is it safe to start when we want to? Do we move it back a little bit, or do we move to spring? We're so splintered; it seems to me we'd all be better if we were on the same page, but hopefully we're getting there."
North Carolina has not had a positive COVID-19 test in more than a month, a number that supports the sentiment of high-profile coaches Jim Harbaugh (Michigan) and Ryan Day (Ohio State) who are arguing that players are safer on campus.
Of recent myocarditis (swelling of the heart) concerns related to COVID-19 cases, Brown noted any positive coronavirus tests result in players being sent for a complete EKG and heart checkup after quarantine before they can be cleared to practice.
--Field Level Media