Purdue has announced that its plan to return student-athletes to campus will begin on June 8. Athletic director Mike Bobinski released a statement on department’s five-week strategy.
A handful of other B1G schools have already announced plans to return to campus, including Nebraska, Illinois, Ohio State and Iowa. Most schools are preparing for an early-to-mid June return as the NCAA lifted its moratorium on organized team activities, beginning June 1.
“After a great deal of collaborative thought and planning for a safe and responsible return to voluntary activity, we will, on June 8th, begin a five-week phased approach to bring football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and women’s soccer student-athletes, coaches and staff back to campus,” Bobinski said in a statement. “In an effort to provide the most secure and healthy environment possible, a single team will be brought back each week, allowing the opportunity to adapt and adjust procedures based on any changes in guidance or circumstance.
“During these uncertain times, I’m proud of the way our student-athletes, coaches and staff have stayed together and found new ways to be productive and engaged. Our commitment remains to provide a word-class education, athletic program and student-athlete experience in a safe and healthy environment for each of our more than 500 Boilermaker student-athletes. We look forward to welcoming them all back to campus in the months ahead.”
Purdue was one of the first universities in the country to announce its plan to host on-campus classes in the fall.