College baseball coaches are looking for chances to get their teams back on the field.
One popular idea is an extended fall baseball season. Florida State coach Mike Martin Jr. said an option that came up in a group text chat with colleagues around the ACC and SEC is a 20-game fall schedule.
“We all bounce ideas. And basically trying to all keep our sanity,” Martin Jr. said on the Front Row ‘Noles radio show. “And that’s what we’re all really going to push for. Let us play 20 games.”
It remains to be seen when a season could start – college football may also be delayed with a start later in September or in October. Those are months where sports fans are focused on football but Martin Jr. could see a scenario in which the baseball schedule complements the football schedule.
Martin Jr. said that option would be to play two games each weekend and minimize how much school would be missed. He suggested that games could tie in to football home weekends so that fans could maybe enjoy baseball on a Friday night and then football the next day.
“I think it would be good for everybody,” Martin Jr. said.
The proposal is clearly in the early stages but could build momentum if student-athletes could return to campus in August or September to practice. Martin Jr. said the 20 fall games would not take away from a full schedule in 2021.