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Collins: A different kind of spring for Penn State football

This was supposed to be a column about possibilities.

In Happy Valley, spring practice was supposed to start Wednesday. James Franklin was going to talk about his roster, brag about Micah Parsons' immense skill and Journey Brown's meteoric rise and an offensive line and a quarterback that have high hopes for bright futures. Maybe he'd have been asked about national championship hopes, because they always start in the spring on days like that, too.

There's no sense asking those questions now. There's no one to ask, and no forum in which to ask them anyway.

In a typical year that isn't defined by social distancing, self quarantines and doing what we can — in many cases, at least — to stop the spread of the COVID-19, today would be considered the start of one of the most important months of the year in college football.