By Carlie A. Horn 

The University of Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne is, " very optimistic" about going forward with the 2020 season.

Byrne is confident the fall season will take place in just over two months. He has said that Alabama will have a plan for late July early August.  Alabama is set to kick off the season on Sept.5 against USC.

On the Alabama Athletics' Summer Update Radio Show on Saturday Byrne said, “Our goal still, the whole time, is to have a full, regular football season and a full volleyball season and soccer season, cross country (season) here in the fall but make sure to follow the recommendations and guidelines of the health officials.”

Byrne continued, “And so, I’m still very optimistic about us having a football season. … We’ve been fortunate with great support by our fan base. We’re over 90 percent renewals for the year, and we’re really fortunate for that. Our goal, hopefully, is to be able to have all the season-ticket holders in there and many more."

“But I think in the coming weeks, in the next month, we’re going to have to get more granular on what that actual number will be. I think towards the end of July, early parts of August is when decision time will have to take place and see what it looks like. But we have a lot of scenarios that we’re putting together of what it can look like, both from how many people are there and what that looks like for our department and the impact of that from a financial standpoint, too.”

Football players have started back voluntary workouts. Eight players on the team have tested positive for coronavirus without showing symptoms. Student athletes were tested when they returned back to campus. The student athletes will have randomized screening to continue participating in athletic activities.

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