Pitt’s Athletic Director, Heather Lyke announced Friday, the Pitt football student-athletes that will begin to return to campus on the 8th of June for a voluntary off-season workouts. The players will return to the campus that will mark the start of the first phase of the re-opening for the Pitt track and field athletics in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our athletic department has worked diligently with the University’s leadership, and medical professionals with one guiding principle: the health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff,” Lyke said.
The announcement comes just hours after the NCAA to be released to have a detailed plan in order to try to help schools bring the athletes back to the campus, and on the day after the body of the Division and of the Executive vote to resume the voluntary workouts, on the 1st of June. Pitt joins schools and Clemson, North Carolina and Arizona one of the first to announce the return of its student-athletes to the campus.
According to Pitt’s plan, athletes will not be a quarantine period upon returning to campus. Once they are medically cleared, they will participate in a small, controlled workout sessions to no more than 10 athletes at the same time.
After the consultation with the medical care of the health of the agency and of the College of health experts, Likely to have been implemented by a variety of strict protocols to ensure the safety of the player during the return phase, including routine testing, with a daily screening questionnaire, temperature controls, and improved cleaning action of sports facilities.
Pitt’s 18 varsity programs, you will also have to follow a step-wise transition, with a specific timeline and announcements will be available soon.
While the return of players to the campus is significant, it remains unclear as to how the autumn will be carried out, or if fans will be able to enjoy the games in the stadiums.