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Thinking About College Sports After Coronavirus? So Are Universities.

By Jennifer Weingart, IPB News | Published on in Education, Health, Sports
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As different states begin to reopen from coronavirus closings, including Indiana, college athletic directors are looking to what sports seasons may look like.

Jack Swarbrick is the Athletic Director at the University of Notre Dame. He says he’s concerned about keeping seasons and schedules fair.

“You’re still going to have circumstances where schools aren’t open, and others are. Or states haven’t reopened and some have. I think the bigger challenge for us is the consequence that will have on competing in the fall.”

Swarbrick says Notre Dame is looking to the NCAA to figure out how to regulate and keep competitions and records as fair as possible.

He says the university is also still looking at what practices, tailgating, facilities and game day traditions might look like.

“When we look at keeping our students safe and what their experience will be, we’re focused on all our students. So if our football team can play, our other students should be able to be in the stadium and watch them play.”

Youth Sports

As for youth sports in Indiana, Governor Eric Holcomb  says Tuesday the state’s reopening plan has those leagues beginning on June 14. But he says leagues can always begin later if they feel it’s necessary for the safety of the athletes.