Nebraska didn’t hesitate to start allowing student-athletes back to campus when the NCAA moratorium on organized team activities came to an end on June 1. The school was eager to start a phased and safe return to Lincoln for student-athletes.
Several schools across the B1G and the country have followed the same plan. Athletic departments have implemented phased returns for student-athletes and are following strict COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.
Huskers head football coach Scott Frost said those guidelines are something he, his staff and players are following closely right now.
“We’re going to follow whatever protocols they suggest,” Frost said, according to the Omaha World-Herald. “It does some like some of the opinions and the facts on that seem to be evolving constantly.”
As student-athletes return to campus, there’s some concern about the health and safety of players. Already, schools are seeing some staff members and student-athletes test positive for the virus during their return.
But Frost says that players at Nebraska are not scared of the virus and are wanting to get back to football.
“When you’re talking about a contact sport like football, when somebody does test positive, it’s going to be next to impossible to go back and watch every rep of practice to see who they’ve touched during practice,” Frost said. “I will say this through it: Our kids are not scared of this. I know there’s a lot of people who are and rightfully so, but our kids just want to be out lifting and running and getting ready for a football season. I think some of the directive on how we handle those situations is going to be important as we get into the season, but I know our kids want to play.”
Right now, college coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners appear to moving forward towards the college football season as planned. On Wednesday, the NCAA will vote on a proposed six-week plan that will allow teams to prepare for the upcoming season in an effort to start the 2020 campaign on time.
Nebraska is scheduled to open the season at home against Purdue on Saturday, Sept. 5.