The coronavirus and college sports: NCAA reopening plans, latest news, program cuts, more

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to rattle the college sports landscape, leaving many questions unanswered.

But before a new normal can begin to take shape, colleges and universities will have to find a safe way to reopen campuses. Complex, high-stakes public health issues need to be dealt with before there is a good sense of what college sports will look like.

Here is the latest news and updates from the college sports world.

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Latest news: Notre Dame return to start with hotel, quarantine

Thursday, June 4: Notre Dame football players will begin moving into an on-campus hotel on Monday, where they will live all summer and be quarantined upon arrival for up to a week, and will each take COVID-19 tests before starting voluntary workouts on June 22.

Seven Arkansas State athletes test positive: Seven Arkansas State athletes across three sports have tested positive for the coronavirus during their return to campus, the school announced Thursday. All seven were asymptomatic, according to a statement from Arkansas State chancellor Kelly Damphousse.

Wednesday, June 3:

As college football players across the country slowly start to return to campuses for NCAA-approved voluntary workouts, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is "sure the temptation will be high" for some coaches to push the boundaries of what's allowed.


Riley worried that some coaches might abuse voluntary workouts

Sooners coach Lincoln Riley addresses players starting to return to campuses for voluntary workouts.

Arizona State punter regains eligibility: In an unprecedented a move, the NCAA has restored the eligibility of Arizona State punter Michael Turk, who declared for the 2020 NFL draft, hired an agent and participated at the NFL combined before going undrafted and unsigned in free agency, a school spokesman confirmed.

"I left college early to pursue a professional career and that didn't work out, however," Turk said in a video posted to Twitter. "I've been working hard and praying about it and now, due to COVID-19 and extenuating circumstances, I've actually been granted my two years of eligibility back to play college football and I will be going back to Arizona State University."

Tuesday, June 2:

Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga said Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a protest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ogbongbemiga, who was a second-team All-Big 12 selection last year, made the announcement on Twitter.

Marshall players test positive: Two Marshall football players and one employee tested positive for the coronavirus last weekend, the school announced, as voluntary football workouts restarted at the Huntington, West Virginia campus. The three -- and others who could have potential exposure to the virus -- did not take part in any activity, and the university said they are asymptomatic and the cases are not believed to be related.

Louisville student-athletes return: After being asked to quarantine at home for 14 days before returning to campus, Louisville student-athletes were welcomed back and underwent drive-up coronavirus testing at Cardinal Stadium on Tuesday.

Notre Dame-Navy game: Notre Dame football will not open the season against Navy in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 29 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the teams will face each other at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, most likely on Labor Day weekend, Notre Dame announced Tuesday morning.

South Carolina coach tested positive: South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin announced Tuesday that he tested positive for the coronavirus in early May, but he has since recovered. In a statement on the school's website, Martin said that he took a COVID-19 test in preparation for knee replacement surgery on May 8, and that the test came back positive two days later.

Friday, May 29:

The NCAA released a long and detailed plan Friday to help schools bring athletes back to campus during a pandemic.

The Resocialization of Collegiate Sports: Action Plan Considerations was announced as schools across the country prepare for the return of football players as early as June 8.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby 'bullish' football can start on time: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said on Friday that he is "bullish about our opportunity" for the college football season to start on time, echoing a growing confidence among leaders throughout college athletics as they continue to navigate their way through the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, May 28:

Iowa and other universities are still hoping to play football at full stadiums this fall. Athletic director Gary Barta said Thursday that Iowa is planning to have nonrestricted crowds at Kinnick Stadium, where last fall it averaged 65,557 for games, 20th in the FBS. Iowa also is modeling for reduced-capacity crowds, depending on guidelines from the state, the CDC and other agencies relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

Georgia update: As he prepares to welcome his players back to campus, Georgia's coach Kirby Smart insisted Thursday that they'll be safer working out under the school's supervision than on their own. Smart also called on fans to comply with guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, warning that a spike in cases could ruin any hopes of playing football in the fall.

Wednesday, May 27:

The Division I Council Coordination Committee once again extended the recruiting dead period in all sports through July 31. The committee had previously extended the dead period, which was instituted due to the coronavirus pandemic, to June 30, but has now further extended it through the end of July.

Tuesday, May 26:

Clemson update: Clemson will allow football and men's and women's basketball players to resume on-campus voluntary workouts June 8, the school announced Tuesday.

Players can return to the Clemson area as early as June 1 while adhering to social and physical distancing guidelines -- one week before their return to the area, and one week in the Clemson area.

All players must undergo a physical, including both COVID-19 and antibody tests, before being cleared for workouts. They also must complete a daily screening before entering the facilities.

Oklahoma update: Oklahoma is taking a cautious approach on letting football players back on campus, announcing Tuesday that it will reopen facilities for voluntary workouts on July 1 -- a month after the NCAA is allowing the resumption of on-campus activities.


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Pac-12 update: The Pac-12 will allow voluntary, in-person workouts for all sports to begin on June 15, as long as the local governments and universities allow the student-athletes to return to campus, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Iowa State: Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard told Cyclones fans that football home games will be played at no more than 50% capacity at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, pending a change in state and local health guidelines. That means no more than 30,000 fans.


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Power 5 conferences: When will sports return?


Harbaugh would rather play with no fans than not play at all

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh discusses protocols the team is taking to protect its players and the possibility of playing football games without fans.

As states begin to initiate phased reopening, schools and athletic programs are also beginning to set new protocols for students and student-athletes. Right now, the college football season is tentatively scheduled to start on Aug. 29; and while there is still no definitive timetable for college sports to return across the board, the May 31 moratorium that was imposed in March at the onset of the pandemic is soon expiring.

Here is a school-by-school breakdown of dates for stages of reopening in each Power 5 conference (*-denotes Notre Dame as independent):


The ACC announced it would leave it up to individual universities to determine when to start opening up campuses and athletic facilities. Here are the dates we know so far:

Boston College: TBD.
Clemson: June 8 (voluntary workouts)
Duke: TBD.
Florida State: TBD.
Georgia Tech: June 15 (voluntary workouts)
Louisville: June 8
Miami: TBD.
North Carolina: TBD.
NC State: TBD.
Pittsburgh: TBD.
Syracuse: TBD.
Virginia: TBD.
Virginia Tech : TBD.
Wake Forest: TBD.
*-Notre Dame: June 22 (voluntary workouts)

Big Ten

While the Big Ten said it will leave plans up to individual schools, Illinois announced detailed plans for its athletes to return for voluntary activities beginning in mid-June. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told reporters earlier this week that its athletes would begin returning to campus June 8, pending university approval. Here are the latest dates:

Illinois: Mid-June (voluntary on-campus workouts).
Indiana: TBD.
Iowa: TBD.
Maryland: TBD.
Michigan: TBD.
Michigan State: TBD.
Minnesota: TBD.
Nebraska: TBD.
Northwestern: TBD.
Ohio State: June 8 (voluntary on-campus workouts).
Penn State: TBD.
Purdue: TBD.
Rutgers: TBD.
Wisconsin: TBD.

Big 12

The Big 12 announced Friday, May 22, that football players will be allowed to return on June 15 for voluntary on-campus workouts as part of a "phased return" to athletic activities. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott added on Friday that he believes college football will not only be back this fall but also that there will be "some level of fans" at the games.

Baylor: TBD.
Iowa State: TBD.
Kansas: TBD.
Kansas State: TBD.
Oklahoma: July 1 (voluntary workouts)
Oklahoma State: TBD.
Texas: TBD.
Texas Tech: TBD.
West Virginia: TBD.


The conference announced on May 26 it will allow voluntary, in-person workouts for all sports to begin on June 15, as long as the local governments and universities allow the student-athletes to return to campus. Earlier this month, the 23-school California State University system announced it would remain in a primarily virtual learning model this fall, raising questions about the ability for member schools to field athletic teams for the rest of 2020. Here are dates for the Pac-12, whose California members are not part of the CSU system:

Arizona: TBD.
Arizona State: TBD.
California: TBD.
Colorado: TBD.
Oregon: TBD.
Oregon State: TBD.
Stanford: TBD.
Utah: TBD.
Washington: TBD.
Washington State: TBD.


Alabama: TBD.
Arkansas: TBD.
Auburn: TBD.
Florida: TBD.
Georgia: TBD.
Kentucky: TBD.
Ole Miss: TBD.
Mississippi State: TBD.
Missouri: TBD.
South Carolina: TBD.
Tennessee: TBD.
Texas A&M: TBD.
Vanderbilt: TBD.

College Football Playoff: Will there be one?

CFP officials have said they are moving forward with a plan to still have a playoff as scheduled. Here is the latest news:

Schools that have cut pay, programs, staff

A day after the University of Cincinnati announced it would permanently cut its men's soccer program, a letter from five conference commissioners to NCAA president Emmert asked, in part, for the NCAA to lift rules that require Division I schools to sponsor at least 16 varsity sports.

Here are other programs that have disbanded, plus schools that have made staffing changes and pay cuts:

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