NCAA president: 'You can't have college sports' without colleges open

NCAA No college sports until students are back on campus

NCAA No college sports until students are back on campus

NCAA president Mark Emmert doesn't foresee college sports returning if schools are operating online only due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline also joined the call to discuss specifics about ensuring athletes have enough time to prepare for their seasons and how that might be managed in different conferences across the country.

Emmert also reiterated a common refrain from college sports leaders in recent weeks: There can be no college sports on campuses that are not open to students.

While if, how, and when schools reopen remains to be seen and will surely vary across campuses, the goal is keeping students, including student-athletes, safe. Hainline noted that the plan is not "set in stone".

"Then there's the scenario that we're all a little nervous over but we have to think about is what if we have an outbreak in a community on a campus", he said. Other conference commissioners agreed with Bowlsby. Their season is scheduled to begin around Labor Day weekend in September.

"We would much rather relax some of those competitive-equity issues than ever put a young man or young woman at risk, physically or mentally".

This is in between as Sankey may feel that if half of his league can start and either play games against others in the SEC or non-conference games in good to go states would mean they can start while other states wait. "The most important thing is what's going to be the minimum amount of time necessary that you have to be in preseason, for example, before you can start football".

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It will be a "very unusual school year", Emmert said, and the NCAA will need to adapt accordingly.

Individual conferences within the NCAA have been conflicted about whether to restart sports in the fall if closes are only held online.

"I think it's unlikely everybody is going to be in the same place at the same time, and that will create some of those difficulties", he said.

Emmert seemed to draw a more distinct line. That would be the biggest step toward admitting that college football isn't about college at all, and that the student-athletes who play the game aren't really students but cogs in a billion-dollar machine.

"That doesn't mean it has to be up and running in the full normal model, but you have to treat the health and well-being of the athletes at least as much as the regular students".

"And so, if a school doesn't reopen", he added, "then they're not going to be playing sports. It's really that simple", Emmert said.

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