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North Carolina moves classes online one week after welcoming students back to campus

Can college campuses still function with students attending in-person classes during a pandemic? At the University of North Carolina, the answer is no.

Monday afternoon UNC-Chapel Hill announced all undergraduate classes will move online this Wednesday. The decision was made after a significant rise in positive cases of COVID-19. Currently, 177 students are in isolation and 349 are in quarantine, both on and off campus. During that time positivity rates increased from 2.8% to 13.6%. After setting aside dorm rooms to quarantine infected students, only four reportedly remain vacant.

“Since launching the Roadmap for Fall 2020, we have emphasized that if we were faced with the need to change plans — take an off-ramp — we would not hesitate to do so, but we have not taken this decision lightly. We have made it in consultation with state and local health officials, Carolina’s infectious disease experts and the UNC System,” the school chancellors said in a joint statement.

In the midst of the bad news, one question lingers for sports fans — what does this mean for college football?

A pessimist may see this as the beginning of the end. The SEC and ACC have been buying time to see how the virus reacts once students return to campus. After lasting only one week at North Carolina, one could assume it’s a death blow for college football.

There’s plenty of reason to continue to be optimistic. By ending in-person classes before they ever really begin, it keeps athletes away from the regular students and creates an environment that somewhat resembles the professional “bubbles.” Of course, in order for this road to be taken, colleges would have to acknowledge the truth we already know — athletes are treated differently than regular students.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 Comments for North Carolina moves classes online one week after welcoming students back to campus

  1. mashman 93
    5:37 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    Just give the hell up on college football man and try to salvage the other sports. This is all a mess and I’m to the point I don’t care if we have football. We already lost one March Madness get it figured out with a bubble and play.

  2. BigBluSoTru
    6:03 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    Like i said you have to be crazy if you think theirs going to be fb

  3. runningunnin.454
    6:29 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    Was there a pandemic for 20 years? Just sign them up for fake classes, and give them their A’s. They’re accustomed to that.

  4. PensacolaCat
    6:36 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    Some of you are the most miserable of all people, and I’m pretty sure you won’t be happy unless all sports are done away with for the year so you can gloat. What a terrible existence.

    • Bluebird
      7:59 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

      Seems to me it’s more miserable to put football on a higher pedestal than people’s lives and whatnot, but to each his own.

    • Corder
      8:46 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

      Wow, so because people want to see football played that means we want to see people die? Great logic. So should we all never go outside or to work or anything so people won’t die? Should we never drive cars or fly in planes because people may die? Amazing to me that people are so far gone when it comes to a logical discussion that it’s pointless to have one anymore.

    • Bluebird
      9:42 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

      You don’t get to drive cars that don’t meet certain safety standards. You don’t get to drive without a license. You don’t get to drive without a seatbelt. If you don’t take proper precautions, you don’t get nice things. If you don’t wear masks and socially distance, you don’t get football. It’s not like people haven’t been telling you for weeks that that could happen.

    • mashman 93
      10:15 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

      And get this there are a lot of doctors who actually say masks don’t work. I guess that makes them bad people too. smh

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:44 am August 18, 2020 Permalink

      Bluebird and Lipman are bubble buddies. Again….there is zero science that masks do anything but harm the person wearing the mask. Secondly the coronavirus is real, it’s just not killing people, if you do your research you will find that people are dying with it and not from it.

    • Bluebird
      11:32 am August 18, 2020 Permalink

      Yawn. Just because some guy on youtube says masks are bad and the earth is flat doesn’t make either of those things true. Real-life scientists at Stanford and Duke and the Journal of American Medicine and…everywhere else…all say you’re wrong.

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:22 pm August 18, 2020 Permalink

      You really are ignorant, there are many doctors not on youtube saying there is zero science masks do anything but harm the person wearing them, you really should got outside your bubble once in a while or just keep wearing your mask, it doesn’t harm me, you’ll be the one with issues. Even the WHO says there’s no proof, not to mention Faucci said not to wear masks until he was told to change his story.

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:23 pm August 18, 2020 Permalink

      Why don’t you ask one of you trustworthy scientist why germ theory is still JUST a theory?

  5. lexslamman
    7:17 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    School’s out for 2021, and so are college sports.

  6. UKinIN
    11:42 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    I’m hearing friends that can work remotely are being told they’ll stay out of the office through the end of the year. More businesses will follow suit. UNC is moving to online classes only. More schools will follow. It completely sucks that UK could have great football and basketball seasons and because the country has more whiners than people trying to turn things around, we’ll likely never see them play.

    • mashman 93
      9:06 am August 18, 2020 Permalink

      I believe we get basketball this year, but probably in January. I agree about the whining it never stops.

  7. kentuckybackupplayer
    9:38 am August 18, 2020 Permalink

    Are we even sure these classes are real? I mean they have a long history of fake classes.