College football coaches facing tough adversary: uncertainty

College football coaches are facing the daunting challenge of getting their players to maintain the required focus to prepare for season-openers when the prevailing question swirling around the sport is when, or if, the season will even be played because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said it adds an ”emotional drain” to the rigor of weight lifting and fitness, film study and psychological preparedness. ”With so many variances on the outside of start, stop schedule, new schedule, continued start, stop, there’s an existing emotional drain and distraction that is very difficult in terms of managing the external environment that does spill over,” Mendenhall said Monday on a Zoom call with reporters.