West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee raised eyebrows with a statement he made Wednesday on the state of his fall's college football season.
"We are going to play football in the fall, I really do believe that, even if I have to suit up," the 76-year-old told WOWK.
WVU President Dr. E. Gordon Gee: "We are going to play football in the Fall, even if I have to suit up."@WOWK13News @WestVirginiaU @WVUathletics #CollegeFootball #WVU @gordongee pic.twitter.com/YI5pTO3uGG— Anna Maria Tarullo (@tarullotweets) May 14, 2020
The impending college football season has been in question due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gee said in a statement on May 1 that the University has "every hope and expectation" of resuming on-campus classes in the fall.
"With everything, we're going to do it based upon what is safe, what is healthy for our fans, what is healthy for our student-athletes," Gee added.
The Mountaineers are currently slated to open the season against Florida State in Atlanta on Sept. 5. The team is scheduled to play games in five different states: West Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa.