On Thursday, PAC-12 Commissioner Larry Scott summed up his expectations that the fall sports will occur on schedule, stressing the need to improve the trajectory COVID-19 spread.
“If we see a change in the trajectory of the spread of the virus and its effects pretty quickly, I think the situation is much more dangerous than it was a few weeks ago,” Scott said.
Speaking with Andy Katz from NCAA.com as part of its Social series NCAAScott touched on a number of issues related to the execution of fall sport schedule, especially concerning football. He stressed the importance of flexibility, and that a one-size-fits-all plan is likely not feasible in school-in schools.
One factor in this approach is the latest news in the night of Wednesday, when the University of southern California announced that it will be change of course his plan is for all students on campus for the fall semester. Now the school plans to transition to mostly online classes.
“We must continue to learn and understand what is happening to the last point, when we have to make a decision, one way or another, we try to take baby steps,” said Scott. “What we thought the story was a month ago, now very different … no one can predict what the fall will look like, in my opinion.”
Dr. Brian Hainline, chief physician of Texas, praised the process schools test and isolate student-athletes who are on campus for voluntary player training, but stressed that it was “easy.”
“Over time, as you begin to get more interactive-type of exercise, that’s when we’ll know even more if it works—and it is in terms of making sure local health infrastructure can support what is happening,” said Hainline. “Therefore, we must carefully treat it the same way.”
Although Scott repeated praise for schools and their treatment of players back to campus on a voluntary basis, he expressed concern over the extensive socialisation if schools open up campuses thousands of students after the school year begins.
“As we began to let the student-athletes back, the feedback I’m getting, where there are mini-spikes among teams, it’s not what happens in the training room … it is the socialization that occurs among young people who had returned to the dormitory, and are happy to see each other,” Scott said. “We have problems in society. Civil liberties We are accustomed in this country, we don’t have a culture of masks. I think that we have seen over the past few weeks gives us reason for concern that when the campuses are open, there may be real spikes and pressure on the health system. From my point of view, this is indeed a big risk for a sports College in the fall.”
Looking ahead, as Scott Hainline determined in the coming weeks, as the most important from the point of decision, point of view about if (and how) season of American football will be able to happen. Even Hainline said on 13 July as an important date as it marks the beginning of mandatory football practice on campus.
“We’ll go and you’ll be a few weeks in the preseason, I think we understand what is happening in the moment, we will be able to make some important decisions,” said Hainline. “So I think that this is a very important transition phase”.
Scott, however, were less inclined to specify a specific date, although it is recognized next week as critical.
“Can be decisions next week in some schools or some conferences do … I don’t know that there will be one date when in the world of University sports, or in the world of American football decides,” said Scott. “I think we can see some individual decisions will be made in the coming weeks. But I think in the coming few weeks that things will come into focus.”
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