Ohio State has been pretty quick to make decisions about how to handle COVID-19. Over the last three weeks, since the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, colleges have had to adapt very quickly, both when it comes to normal students and athletes.
As most major universities have in the wake of the spread of coronavirus, Ohio State has shut down in-person classes for the rest of the semester. Today, the school expanded that decision.
Now, all in-person classes through the summer have been suspended. The summer semester has been pushed back to May 13. It will run through July 31, with final exams during the first week of August. There will be no in-person classes until the fall at the earliest.
This, of course, has an outsized impact on athletes. Most will spend summer on campus getting ahead on coursework and training for the season. It is unclear when college football players will be able to report to campus, and when practice will be able to start up at this point.
Ohio State’s suspension of in-person classes will continue through the summer term.https://t.co/MiXi43daZX
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Ohio State’s fall semester is currently scheduled to begin on Aug. 25. On Tuesday, the school announced that it would provide scholarships and aid for spring senior athletes whose careers were cut short due to the coronavirus, to play during the 2021 spring season. The NCAA previously ruled that the decision on that is up to individual schools.
Football practice should be well underway at that point, and the team’s first game is currently scheduled for Sept. 5 against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium.
It is far too early to know where we’ll be with regards to the coronavirus at that point in the calendar, with things ramping up exponentially throughout the country. Obviously, we all hope that we can get past it over the next few months, and college football can begin the season as unscathed as possible.