Last week’s decision by the NCAA Division I Council to lift the moratorium on voluntary workouts for football and basketball players effective Monday, June 1, created a path for student-athletes to return to campuses amidst the continuing attempt to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
But that path has enough twists and turns, detours, chuckholes and road-closed signs to keep the street crews” busy for the next undetermined number of days.
In an interview with Irish Illustrated Tuesday, Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick began the discussion of the return of a cross-section of student-athletes to the University’s campus without setting a specific timetable.
Multiple sources told Irish Illustrated, however, that Notre Dame is pinpointing a return of at least a significant portion of the scholarship football players the weekend of Saturday, June 6, provided the variables in dealing with COVID-19 do not spiral beyond its control.
You’ve got to be fully ready,” Swarbrick said. It doesn’t work unless everything is in place. If we have an outbreak in St. Joe County in the next couple weeks, if we can’t get adequate testing. There are so many things. You can have a plan and a goal, but it’s hard to describe how fluid this all is.