Football players are beginning to return to campus.
After a 14-day quarantine, the University of Louisville brought back a group of student-athletes on Tuesday after they all underwent drive-up coronavirus testing at Cardinal Stadium, according to a statement put out by UofL Athletics. More than 120 student-athletes and staff members were administered tests.
“Our return to campus is off and running,” UofL Athletics Director Vince Tyra said. “I think we need to set an example for our student-athletes and that was reason I did this. I wanted to feel what they’re going to feel when they go through this. Hopefully they’ll follow the guidelines like we’re going to continue to educate them on and what we’ll have a successful return to campus.”
Over the last week or so, KSR has learned of plans for both the Kentucky Football and Men’s Basketball programs in terms of bringing back student-athletes to campus. Football players are expected to be brought back in waves beginning in early June while basketball is targeting a June 22 return to campus date. However, at this time, the University of Kentucky has not announced an official timetable for the return of its student-athletes.
Louisville didn’t just bring back football players either. In the report, men’s and women’s basketball along with men’s and women’s swimming members were among the small groups of student-athletes tested. Volunteer physical activities for student-athletes are allowed to start next week. Football players will take physicals on Thursday with the hope they can take the field for Monday of next week.
“We feel confident and comfortable in what we’re doing bringing them back,” Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said, according to ESPN. “We’re all not 100% sure — I don’t think anybody is — you can ask any doctor out there and they would probably tell you the same thing, but what we have is the safest plan that you can probably come up with, and all of the safeguards we’re putting in, and I think it’s time to get ’em back.”
Heather Dinich of ESPN reported that UofL intends to test the student-athletes again on Day 8 of their return to campus, using a nasal swab to take the test. They also have a quarantine process in place in the instance that a player tests positive for the coronavirus.