The University of Minnesota Board of Regents chair is disputing the comments made by a fellow board member recently on the Paul Finebaum Show regarding on-campus classes and fall sports.
On Tuesday, regent Michael Hsu was a guest on the Finebaum Show and said that there wasn’t a good chance that students would return to campus for the fall semester. He also suggested that it could mean fall sports are either canceled or delayed for the 2020-2021 academic year.
“I would say that based on what’s available to us today in terms of science and vaccine development, I think the odds are we are not gonna be back to school in the fall, in person,” Hsu said. “And that may mean that sports is also not gonna be happening, at least in the beginning. Now, I don’t know how they’re going to make a transition halfway through the fall semester and decide to have students on campus, but right now I think based on everything I’ve heard, it just doesn’t look likely.”
University of Minnesota Board of Regents Chair Ken Powell is disputing those comments, telling ESPN that Hsu’s comments do not reflect the position of the board.
“While the board and university are planning for a variety of scenarios for fall classes, athletics and other events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, absolutely no decisions have been made about these issues,” Powell told ESPN. “The board’s decisions, and those of university president Joan Gabel, will be guided by advice and counsel from the Minnesota Department of Health, Gov. Tim Walz and the university’s own public health experts.”
A handful of B1G universities have already announced that they plan to return to on-campus classes in the fall, including Purdue, Nebraska, Michigan and Iowa.