The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is suspending all in-person classes during the summer session and moving all courses online.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and continued guidance from both local and state health officials, we have made the decision that all Summer 2020 courses will be conducted remotely via alternative delivery mechanisms. https://t.co/l74SuQbFki pic.twitter.com/3J4cALOoG8— University of Illinois (@Illinois_Alma) April 2, 2020
There’s not too much information available right now regarding this, but most on-campus buildings are closed currently (or limited to specific personnel only). Extend this into the summer, and you’re in a situation where athletes won’t be able to workout or train with teams over the summer.
If students can’t get on campus until August at the earliest, then you’re looking at no fall sports, including football, this year — at least in the fall.
The Big Ten and Illinois is not going to put athletes on the field after a missed summer of camp and just two weeks of fall camp. This really puts the football season in doubt as we know it.
Other Big Ten schools are making similar moves regarding summer courses Thursday, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison.