Former UTC coach Russ Huesman says no football for Richmond this fall is gut punch

Spiders Athletics photo by Scott Brown / Richmond football coach Russ Huesman, who guided UTC to a 59-37 record in eight seasons (2009-16), will have to deal with a fall without football due to the cancellation of conference games by the Colonial Athletic Association.

College football coaches such as Alabama's Nick Saban, Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Rusty Wright have no idea what the 2020 season will look like, but former UTC coach Russ Huesman already knows his fate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There will be no fourth autumn of guiding the Richmond Spiders of the Colonial Athletic Association, which Huesman readily admits is the biggest setback of his coaching career.

"By a million miles, to be honest," Huesman said this week. "When they canceled our season, it felt like I had been punched in the gut, and I know our players felt the same way. Right now, there is just the unknown.

"What do we do this fall? Do we get practice time? There are all these different scenarios, and these questions won't be answered for a while for us, for sure."