The talking season of college football officially began today with Big 12 Media Day in Dallas which means the new year is right around the corner.

Each day I get a press release touting about stadiums opening up to fans and tailgating returning to normal. While I and many others want that, there's a stark reminder, COVID isn't over.

Cases are back on the rise thanks to the Delta variant.

Sports are still being affected. Last month, NC State had its College World Series end because of an outbreak on the team. Only half of the Wolfpack players had been vaccinated.

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And that brings us to today. MSU Moorhead alum and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby had this to say Wednesday:

"For a student-athlete, you're also rolling the dice on whether or not you're going to be able to participate, because you're going to be in a testing protocol if you're not vaccinated."

This should be played in every college football locker room for the next month. If teams want to avoid a repeat of the spring where games were either canceled or postponed, then vaccination is the best way forward.

The WNBA recently announced that its league had reached 99 percent vaccination, which meant no more testing. This is what all leagues should aspire to.

It's likely not going to happen in the college ranks and as much as we want a normal fall, it's looking more likely of cancellations or even worse, forfeits.