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The college football season is set to start about four months from now. But, even if students are on campus this fall, one power five program still may not take the field.

USA TODAY

The first serious warning of how major college sports might be impacted this fall by the coronavirus pandemic was sounded Tuesday when California State University system chancellor Timothy White announced that it will operate primarily with online instruction for the semester.

The system’s 23 schools include Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State, all of which are members of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision’s 12-team Mountain West Conference.

San Diego State athletics department spokesman Mike May said via email Tuesday night: “I wanted to provide some clarity — at least from SDSU — with regard to today’s announcement. SDSU will offer a hybrid model for classes (some in-person, some virtual). In athletics, we