Report: University of Arkansas AD says school planning for Razorbacks to play first football game as scheduled
Momentum for having a college football season in 2020 continues to build, at least when it comes to school presidents athletic directors.
On Monday, University of Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek told the school’s board of trustees that the current plan is for student-athletes to return to campus for practice by mid July with the expectation that the first game will continue as planned for Sept. 5. The Razorbacks are scheduled to host Nevada that Saturday.
The news was reported by Susan El Khoury of FOX 16 News in Little Rock.
According to El Khoury, Yuracheck discussed additional measures that could be taken before the start of the season and during the season to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches, fans and staff members. It includes everything from disinfecting the stadium to practicing social distancing.
Yurachek stressing everything they’ve looked at from disinfecting the stadium, ensuring social distance with fans, having employees wear PPE. He added they have time to make these decisions with football season still several months out
— Susan El Khoury (@SusanElKhoury) May 4, 2020
The college football season isn’t scheduled to begin for over three months, but a mid July return date has been at the minds of many school presidents and athletic directors. That timeline would allow student-athletes to receive the necessary six-week practice period before competition to dramatically reduce the risk of injury.
Yurachek’s comments run in line with several other college presidents around the country. Many schools are preparing for a fall semester with on-campuses classes, allowing students to return. That would be an important step in getting college football to return for the 2020 season.
There could be some changes to the season and how things operate by the time late August and early September arrive, but a lot of schools are planning on hosting that first college football game as planned.