‘Climate change’ means it’s time to ‘reinvent’ the college football schedule, says USA Today sports columnist

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USA Today Sports columnist Dan Wolken said a new schedule for the college football season had to be devised in order to deal with the threat of climate change.

Responding to a Wednesday ESPN article exploring whether a revamped college football season schedule might be a good idea, Wolken tweeted that “extreme heat” and “climate change” make the idea all the more necessary.

The ESPN article in question surveyed the sport’s “decision makers” and “those who would be directly affected” weigh “the pros and cons of such theoretical changes”.

Regardless of its actual decision-making relevance to the world of college football, Wolken on Thursday approved the schedule change in order to address climate change.

An ACC logo is seen on a yard marker during the college football game between the Clemson Tigers and the Louisville Cardinals on November 6, 2021, at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.

An ACC logo is seen on a yard marker during the college football game between the Clemson Tigers and the Louisville Cardinals on November 6, 2021, at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Sharing Sports Illustrated writer Pat Forde’s tweet about the article – in which the reporter mentioned that the article had “good” and “unrealistic” ideas – Wolken said climate change should prompt administrators to change the schedule.

He wrote, “If you really want to reinvent the college football calendar, I would start with the reality that extreme heat and climate change are going to have a major impact.”

Wolken also threw a passive-aggressive slur at people who might make those schedule changes, adding that in fact those changes for the climate “would take vision and college athletics administrators really don’t.”

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Taking Wolken seriously, Forde responded to his comment by tweeting, “Good point.”

Previously, Wolken had advocated for the college football schedule to be changed due to the threat of the coronavirus.

(The USA Today sportswriter claimed that climate change necessitates a change to the college football schedule. Photo: Marie French/Politico)

In another passive-aggressive 2020 tweet intended to shame the SEC Commissioner, Wolken wrote, “In response to a question about what would constitute a successful season, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said ‘Name an SEC champion this year “in Atlanta on Dec. 29. 19. No comment on attendee health and safety.”

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These types of statements have also earned Wolken, and other journalists lobbying for the sport’s suspension due to COVID-19, the colloquial “coronabro” nickname from other sports outlets.

Forde also has a history of being a “coronabro”. In 2021, he tweeted: “I’m not saying it’s a causal relationship, but: the three coaches who seemed least interested in wearing their masks this season were Brad Underwood, Bob Huggins and Chris Beard. Finished, gone, gone.”

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In 2020, Wolken argued that the college football season should be changed to manage COVID-19.

In 2020, Wolken argued that the college football season should be changed to manage COVID-19.

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