Michigan can’t even try to compete with Ohio State this season.
Ohio State is giving its athletes the opportunity to return to volunteer work from June 6 – the SEC has announced similar plans for its schools – Michigan President Dr. Mark Schlesell Told the Wall Street Journal The Wolverines will be sitting during the college football season if the Ann Arbor campus is closed to students. Michigan’s state-of-the-art order has been extended to June 12, and the flagship school has not announced a possible reopening date.
“If there are no guidelines on campus, at least for Michigan you don’t have to have intercollegiate athletics,” Schlesell, a trained immunologist, told the Wall Street Journal.
Although there is some skepticism about whether there will be college athletics (somewhere) at least in the fall, Schlesel said, although several schools across the country have announced plans to allow students to return to power plants such as Clemson and Notre Dame in the fall. Dame, as well as affiliate Big Ten schools like Illinois Schools Schlesell, said Michigan would decide on the fall semester “in the coming weeks.”
“Whatever decision we make for this coming fall is likely to be the case for the entire academic year,” Schlesel said. “What’s going to be different in January?”
Even if students are allowed to return to the An Arbor campus, don’t expect to see many or any of them at the Big House.
“I can’t even imagine any way to do it safely,” Schlesell said.