College football coaches trying to prepare their teams for a season in doubt are coping with a formidable opponent: uncertainty. The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has cast a dark cloud over whether their preparation will be a prelude to games or to disappointment. Several leagues have already decided to cancel their fall seasons altogether. Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall says the uncertainty can be a distraction and an emotional drain. Others, like Dino Babers at Syracuse and Neal Brown at West Virginia, say getting ready for games they hope they will play is a welcome respite from all the conjecture.

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