California State University system plans for the fall semester are largely virtual because the coronavirus pandemic did not necessarily close the doors of football in three of its schools that played at the vast Mountain West Conference.
San Diego State sees soccer players returning to campus no earlier than July 7 and makes plans to play according to schedule, said athletics director John David Wicker.
SDSU is running because it envisages an autumn schedule that includes a hybrid class model, where some students will be on campus for direct instruction like a laboratory while other classes will be held online.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said recently that campuses must be open “in one way or another” to have sports this fall.
Wicker said SDSU had planned a hybrid model, whatever happened, and felt it Announcement of CSU Chancellor Timothy White misunderstood by some people who think falling sports will be canceled.
“We will have students on campus,” Wicker said.
July 7 is the target date to bring back soccer players because this is the start of the second summer session.
SDSU is scheduled to open the season at home against FCS Sacramento State on September 5.
“We will plan that we will play our football opener according to schedule,” Wicker said. “I don’t think anyone will be able to answer that question with 100% certainty, but we will plan it.
“Again, I think we will play our schedule. We have a contract. One of the difficult things is, 41 countries have FBS teams in their countries. Will all 41 countries be in the same place on August 29 or September 5? That is the kind of questions that must be addressed as we get closer to the season. “
SDSU has formed a task force to find out how it can accommodate and feed athletes while meeting all safety parameters, hoping to have a plan by the end of this month.
The school has also begun to see how it can safely host fans in social distance guidelines, if fans will be allowed to attend matches at the SDCCU Stadium with 70,000 seats. He mentioned the Miami Dolphins made plans to allow around 15,000 fans at the 65,000-seat Hard Rock Stadium, if fans were allowed to attend NFL matches.
Wicker doesn’t know yet how many fans are allowed. It could be a blessing that SDSU is still stuck playing in a decrepit stadium, which is planned to be replaced with a 35,000-seat stadium, $ 310 million in 2022.
“You will not often hear me say that the SDCCU Stadium is beneficial for SDSU football, but with 70,000 seats and 100 suites, it can benefit us,” Wicker said. “We can spread people who want to come to the game. We have a large parking area. “
Wicker and his colleague in Mountain West State, Fresno State, Terry Tumey, said every school in the country had to plan what he thought could be done in the fall.
“Nobody knows exactly what will fall,” Wicker said. “We have to make decisions based on the best facts we can. Every FBS school must try to find out, ‘When can I bring students back, when can we start training, when can we start contact, when can we really play games, when can we have fans in the stadium? “
Mountain West includes 12 schools in eight states. The third California school in the league, San Jose State, said in a statement that the school continued to work on schedule.
“This will be a chess match as we move through this,” Wicker said.
If there is a football season, SDSU will most likely have another autumn sport, as long as it’s safe for athletes, even though their season will almost certainly be modified, Wicker said.
The picture is not clear even for the big boy on Pac-12, who has discussed having the school play it Regular season 11 matches solely against conference opponents. California has seen the potential of conducting pre-season training outside the Bay Area if there are restrictions that will not allow the Golden Bear to camp on campus.
His the same is uncertain across the country. National Defending Champion LSU plans to have a soccer player on campus as soon as June 1. Many other schools are far more cautious and pessimistic.
Tumey from Fresno State, who was a defensive midfielder at UCLA in the mid-1980s, said it was too early to determine when athletes could return to campus. He said the safety of the community, the players and support staff was very important.
Tumey has spoken with his colleagues in the state and MWC, as well as in non-conference schools about soccer schedules.
“There is no sentiment about, I don’t know how else to say it, hopelessly in connection with,” Are you going to play or not? “We don’t yet have this type of interaction; more than an understanding of transparency in terms of where we are and what is happening on your campus, and we ask for the same from them on their campus. The more we can share information among institutions, increasingly conducive for our possibility to reenter the fall athletic campaign.
California Collegiate Association Division II Athletics, 12 of which all schools are in the CSU system, postpone all NCAA competitions during the fall semester, with the hope that all teams will compete in the spring.
In Division II, “students are the first before athletes, so they will be treated like ordinary student bodies in that case,” Commissioner Mitch Cox said. “Clearly the State of San Diego, the State of Fresno and the State of San Jose are under different pressure from us. Other states are involved. Our advantage is that our schools are all part of the same system so we can make some uniform decisions. “