The COVID-19 pandemic has created one of the strangest college football offseasons in recent memory, but North Carolina head coach Mack Brown made it clear during a Monday press conference that he's keeping his focus on the future.
While the NCAA has not yet made an official decision on a possible return to competition in the fall, Brown said that his staff will continue to prepare as if the season will kick off as scheduled against Central Florida on Sept. 4.
“Until somebody tells me differently, that’s what I’m planning on,” Brown said. “If... (the season is pushed back), I’m going to have time to adjust to it. I‘m not going to have time if I don’t do anything in preparing for Central Florida, so I’m preparing for Central Florida.”
As a part of that preparation, Brown said that his players and staff are ready to return to campus as scheduled unless a decision from health officials and the NCAA changes those plans.
Brown said that his players' abilities to adapt has helped him stay strong despite difficult circumstances.