Fall sport athletes often arrive early to campus, where they live and train together as they prepare for the season ahead. This year, however, that preseason training has come with outbreaks of the coronavirus within athletic departments on several campuses — spurring colleges and conferences to cancel or significantly pare back their competition schedules. And it is raising questions about the safety of reopening campus more fully.
Still, some colleges appear to be continuing practices on campus, and the NCAA has issued guidelines for doing so. Student-athletes at Towson University, for instance, will be able to continue to practice within the parameters of safety guidelines, the public Maryland institution announced earlier this month.