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The 2020 college football season was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that affected every aspect of life in America. However, the season might not have happened at if not for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, according to DeSantis.

Taking a break from making sure American Black history isn’t studied in Florida, the governor stopped by The Clay & Buck radio show to discuss a wide variety of topics.

One of the topics that came up was the role that DeSantis says he played in ensuring that college football continued at a time when thousands of Americans were dying every day from COVID-19-related issues.

“I’ll tell you, you remember when the Big Ten and the Pac-12 canceled season in the summer of 2020,” said DeSantis. “The SEC was moving in that direction, and I was working behind the scenes and I said, ‘The University of Florida is not going to be party to canceling the college football season,’ and so we got Florida right and we made sure the ACC schools were in line, and they wanted to be Florida State in Miami, and so when the SEC and the ACC said, “No, no, no, we’re playing,” and then they start doing it. That put huge pressure on the Big Ten to reverse. And they had to, and it was really embarrassing what ended up happening with them. Same thing with our high school season.”

DeSantis then went on to champion the work he did to make sure that high school students also continued playing sports during a viral pandemic.

[Clay and Buck]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to