If it’s a day that ends in “y” it’s likely another day a major college athletics program finds out they can’t go back to practice because the United States does not have Covid-19 anywhere near under control.
After North Carolina stopped voluntary workouts earlier today, now it’s the national championship-contending Ohio State Buckeyes, who issued this statement:
The Ohio State Department of Athletics has paused all voluntary workouts on campus following the results of its most recent COVID-19 testing of student-athletes. Seven teams’ workouts are affected by this pause: men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.
The university is not sharing cumulative COVID-19 information publicly as it could lead to the identification of specific individuals and compromise their medical privacy.
If a student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19, he/she will self-isolate for at least 14 days and receive daily check-ups from the Department of Athletics medical staff. Student-athletes living alone will isolate in their residence. If they have roommates, they will self-isolate in a designated room on campus.
The health and safety of our student-athletes is always our top priority.
Hey remember when OSU athletic director Gene Smith said this exactly seven weeks ago today:
Ohio State AD Gene Smith says he’s confident that a plan can be implemented where 20,000 to 30,000 fans can attend football games in Ohio Stadium.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) May 20, 2020
Those were adorable times just 49 days and also two centuries ago.
We’ve written this story about 100 times now, and since there are no statistics included from the Buckeyes (which can’t really be because “it could lead to the identification of specific individuals” as I bet UNC’s general counsel thought of that before saying 37 Tar Heels tested positive), consider this the latest information that college football is looking less and less likely to happen this fall.
The Ivy League was correct when it came to basketball as they shut down their season before anyone else, and as they cancelled all sports today until 2021 they might be right on football and all fall sports too.
University athletic departments aren’t designed to have students workout and play games through a pandemic. Let’s just say the hard part out loud so we can get on to how intercollegiate athletics can begin as quickly as possible after a vaccine is found.