Eight of the 14 footballing members of the Atlantic Coast Conference are planning to reopen campuses this fall, while another four have said publicly that they are exploring scenarios for a comeback after the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
The reopening of campuses for personal instruction is a crucial step towards the resumption of college sports, which ended in March. Commissioners from the country's main nations soccer the conferences told Vice President Mike Pence last month that college sports could not return until campuses reopened, while the NCAA medical director said last week that widespread testing for COVID-19 would be critical to restarting sports .
Soccer it stands out in particular, both with the pre-season camps scheduled for August and with the status of revenue driver when it comes to conference TV deals. The first of the ACC soccer the games are scheduled for September 3, with Clemson visiting Georgia Tech and the state of North Carolina visiting Louisville.
So far, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, State of North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech have publicly stated the goal of having campuses open for fall classes, assuming health officials warn it is safe do it.
"Our expectation is to start the fall semester on time and on campus, as long as we can do it safely," said Miami President Julio Frenk in a video statement last month. "And we look forward to welcoming you back."
Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi was equally optimistic in a Sunday letter to the university community.
"When spring comes to an end, the most frequently asked question I get is this: & # 39; Will we be back on campus in the fall? & # 39;", she wrote. "My unequivocal answer is: yes!"
Still, Clemson President Jim Clements warned that the "return to a new normal will happen in phases" starting this summer, while Virginia President Jim Ryan said in a video message this week that "hope" is to have personal instructions as the authorities work "day and night to find out how we can do this safely".
Four other ACC schools – Duke, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Wake Forest – say they are looking at various scenarios for a possible return in the fall. Duke said the strategy team that is examining the steps for a possible return in the fall should make a preliminary report by June 1, while Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said last week that the school is likely to share plans with students and their families. families until the beginning of July.
Boston College and the state of Florida did not specifically address campus reopening plans this fall.
There is also Notre Dame, a member of all league sports outside its soccer independence. The school has a target on May 15 to decide how to operate in the second half of summer courses.
"This will obviously help to inform the decision to move beyond that as well," said athletic director Jack Swarbrick on Tuesday.
“It also touches on the question of when the soccer the team would return and the circumstances under which they would prepare: are the dorms open in the traditional way they are in the summer? Is the cafeteria available? It's open? Or are there other deals that we will need to focus on? "
AP Sports writers Gary B. Graves, Hank Kurz and Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report.
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