On the identical day that Rutgers College president Jonathan Holloway stated he’s “removed from sure that we’re going to have a university soccer season within the fall” and that the marketing campaign may very well be postponed to the spring, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour was lower than eager on the notion of taking part in soccer within the first half of 2021.
As ESPN’s Heather Dinich defined, Barbour spoke with reporters through a Wednesday Zoom teleconference:
“One of many largest challenges [of a spring season] — and it is in all probability the most important one in my thoughts — is the proximity to subsequent season, and admittedly a second misplaced spring ball. Overcomeable, if maybe we’re prepared to have a shortened season — once more within the class of ‘one thing is best than nothing,’ that will not be an issue in any respect.”
Barbour admitted she’s not absolutely assured the Nittany Lions or another groups will play an ordinary schedule, saying:
“There is not any doubt there’s been a bit little bit of pessimism right here within the final couple of weeks that we actually hadn’t had for in all probability about 4 to 6 weeks.
“Clearly, my hope is that, possibly, as individuals begin wanting on the masking and social distancing once more and all the precautions and recommitting to the seriousness of this, we’ll see it flatten out.”
Barbour additionally stated no student-athletes who decide out of preseason preparations amid the uncontrolled virus outbreak will lose their scholarships.
Over the weekend, Mark Blaudschun of Sports activities Illustrated wrote that the Ivy League might shut soccer packages down via the beginning of a spring season that would come with solely convention video games.
Iona basketball coach Rick Pitino tweeted on Wednesday that he believes the beginning of the basketball season ought to be pushed again to not less than January with an altered schedule that features solely league video games.