Brown staying positive about 2020 season

MORGANTOWN, WV (WOAY) – Amid the uncertainty of the 2020 college football season due to COVID-19, WVU players and coaches are keeping a positive attitude as they began preseason practices on Monday.

Head coach Neal Brown says their mentality at the moment is to proceed with practice as close to normal as possible, saying there are currently no positive COVID-19 cases among players or staff.

Brown also notes how college football players around the country took to social media over the weekend, using the phrase #WeWantToPlay, as they also try to keep a positive attitude regarding the 2020 season.

This comes amid the news that as of Monday, 26 FBS teams will not playing in the fall; 24 teams from the Mid-American and Mountain West Conferences, along with Old Dominion and Connecticut, announced they would suspend their fall sports seasons. The Big Ten Conference is expected to decide soon on the status of their season; they decided earlier this summer to play a conference-only schedule.

Also in WVU football news, linebacker Tony Fields II posted to Twitter Monday night that he intends to transfer to West Virginia, where he would be immediately eligible as a grad transfer. Fields was a three-year starter at Arizona, including in 2017 as a true freshman under Rich Rodriguez.