Coronavirus scare causing Michigan football to sideline 2020 spring trip
Michigan’s football team will not be traveling overseas this season, due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
According to Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News, Michigan has decided to cancel its annual spring trip due to the potentially-fatal disease. It was unclear if the football team was planning to travel abroad for certain, but the decision to sideline the trip has already been made.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh said in January that the staff had narrowed the trip down to two locations, and that he wanted to be surprised by the choice. Now, due to the growing concerns of coronavirus, a respiratory disease, the team has decided to nix the trip. Instead, players are expected to participate in community projects around Ann Arbor.
“The football team will not be taking an international trip this spring due to the health concerns around the world, most notably coronavirus,” A Michigan spokesman said told The Detroit Press.
Overseas trips have become a spring staple at Michigan, as the football team has traveled abroad in the three previous years. The team first went to Rome in 2017, and followed it with a visit to Paris in 2018. Last year, Michigan made the trip to South Africa.