Missouri State athletics, amid coronavirus, still finalizing plan to get back on the field
幸运飞艇跟人工计划As more things start to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, Missouri State President Clif Smart said the university's plan to get its athletics teams back on the practice field is still undermined.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划In an interview with the News-Leader on Wednesday, Smart said he recently had a one-on-one with MSU Athletics Director Kyle Moats about the plan to reopen athletics and they are still 3-4 weeks away from finalizing anything.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划"I would like to have kind of the summer laid out to the extent we know it by the end of May while recognizing that football is going to be decided later," Smart said while also saying MSU is still waiting for the Missouri Valley Conference to offer some guidance.
Included in an outlined reopening plan are the opening of buildings, fields, weight rooms, when athletes can voluntarily be on campus and when practice can begin.
Smart said the opening of athletics will have to be in compliance with Greene County and the city of Springfield's gathering event orders.
"As we get more information as far as what the city is thinking about over the next several weeks, we'll be working to finalize our plan," Smart said.
Smart wrote in a blog that was posted to the university's website on Tuesday that Missouri State will have students on campus in seated classes and residence halls this fall.
Moats has repeatedly said he expects there to be athletics this coming fall, although he recognizes there could be some changes because of the coronavirus.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划Some schools have begun talking about getting back on the practice field. University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld, for an example, told the Iowa Board of Regents last week that the Hawkeyes are eyeing a June 1 start for football practices. University of Arkansas Athletics Director Hunter Yurachek revealed a plan that would open weight rooms on June 1 for voluntary workouts and a July 15 start date for football practice.
Most experts agree that two months will be needed to prepare for a college football season. If there were an all-clear by July 1, there would be a dramatic impact on the recruiting calendar, but the season could presumably begin on time.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划The Bears' football team is entering the season with new head coach Bobby Petrino. Missouri State is scheduled to open its season on Sept. 5 at the University of Oklahoma in a game that would pay the MSU $600,000 if it were to be played.
幸运飞艇跟人工计划The NCAA has said “reliable, rapid diagnostic testing” will be crucial for the return of any athletics. As Dan Wolken of USA Today writes: "Key among the nine 'core principles of resocialization of collegiate sport' is that universities should have plans for temperature checks, testing, isolating and contact tracing and acquiring adequate protective equipment for athletics health care providers."
Getting students back on campus won't immediately mean sporting events are ready to roll. As Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said, large sporting events will be "the last thing we check off the box."
幸运飞艇跟人工计划"It is also important to take into consideration that there will not be a quick, single day of re-emergence into society,” NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline said. “We will re-emerge in a manner that recognizes COVID-19 will be around until there is an effective vaccine, treatment or both. That is why resocialization should be rolled out in a phased way that helps assure sustained low infection spread, as well as aids in the ability to quickly diagnose and isolate new cases.”
News-Leader reporter Claudette Riley and the USA Today Network contributed to this report
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