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Monday was a sobering reminder about college football in Iowa: A lot has to go right for fans to be at games

Gut punch I:

The Story County Board of Health Monday publicly wonders if fans should attend Iowa State football games this fall. It’s not binding, but what they say should carry weight in Story County. 

Gut punch II:

Iowa athletics director Gary Barta announces that football ticket sales will be paused, while school officials figure out how many fans will be allowed into Kinnick Stadium. It was just a month or so ago, remember, that Barta said publicly he was prepping for capacity home-game crowds of 69,250.

Gut check:

Between Ames and Iowa City, the chatter even before lunch Monday regarding the state’s premier football programs is a startling reminder of what we all figured would happen anyway if, indeed, there would be 2020 football games.