POLLING PLACE

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - with steve green­berg

There cer­tainly are those who believe col­lege foot­ball sim­ply won’t — and per­haps shouldn’t — hap­pen in 2020. Mean­while, the sport marches on — ill-fated or not — to­ward the start of what’s sched­uled to be a slightly short­ened reg­u­lar sea­son.

Across the coun­try, train­ing camps opened, or at least were sched­uled to open, this week. At Illi­nois, it was an­nounced by the school that 18 foot­ball play­ers had tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 since re­port­ing to cam­pus. But Illi­nois also in­tends to test play­ers daily, which is more than most schools can say.

At Illi­nois and every­where else, some level of de­bate ex­ists: Is enough be­ing done to pro­tect stu­dents? For this week’s “Polling Place” — your weekly home for Chicago Sun-Times sports polls on Twit­ter — we fo­cused that ques­tion on foot­ball.

Broadly speak­ing, can foot­ball coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors be trusted to do all they can to keep play­ers safe?

“They want to keep the play­ers safe, but that’s sec­ondary to bring­ing in the [mil­lions of] dol­lars that keep the ath­letic de­part­ments afloat and pay the coaches’ salaries,” @howard­moore611 com­mented.

That’s a “no” vote — there was a land­slide of those — and a fairly cyn­i­cal one at that.

On a lighter note, we asked about watch­ing fan-free hockey on TV. The Black­hawks are mak­ing it pretty en­ter­tain­ing with a qual­i­fy­ing-round knock­out of the Oil­ers.

“I re­ally don’t watch hockey for the crowd,” @PeterGaeta was help­ful enough to point out.

Fair enough. We also asked about Cubs closer (OK, ex-closer) Craig Kim­brel, whose fu­ture in that role is a big, fat ques­tion mark.

“Four-run lead, min­i­mum,” @TBGOf­fi­cial_ wrote. “At this point, he just needs to get through an in­ning.”

Wouldn’t that be nice? On to the polls:

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