Sid: Athletic director Mark Coyle says University of Minnesota is ready for athletes' return


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The University of Minnesota has started the big process of having players return to campus for voluntary workouts, and athletic director Mark Coyle said in an interview over e-mail last week that the school is taking every precaution to make sure student-athletes are safe and cared for while also getting back to athletics and academics.

“The health and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches and staff will always be our top priority,” Coyle said. “Our staff has spent the past several weeks preparing for our student-athletes to return to campus and has worked diligently to provide them with the safest environment possible. Our decision to bring students back to campus is supported by medical experts and leadership at the NCAA, Big Ten and on campus.

“Right now, we have our football student-athletes back and will soon have members of our soccer, volleyball and basketball teams on campus as well.”

Optimistic for fall

The list of athletic and medical experts the Gophers have to draw on is large because the University of Minnesota has such a well-respected academic roster and such a great relationship with the Big Ten.

Coyle said the ability to use that advice makes him believe that fall sports will be happening on campus.

“I am optimistic that we will be playing fall sports,” he said. “Our return-to-campus plan was led by Executive Associate Athletics Director Julie Manning, Senior Associate Athletics Director Joi Thomas and Medical Director Dr. Bradley Nelson,” Coyle said. “It contained input from Dr. Brian Hainline, who is the NCAA’s chief medical officer, as well as from the Big Ten Infectious Disease Committee, which is composed of 14 outstanding medical professionals — including Dr. Nelson — who have advised the Big Ten Conference and its athletic directors.

“Our plan also closely mirrors those being worked on by professional leagues, as we are fortunate to have the expertise of medical staff who are also advising professional teams. We also received consultation from Jill DeBoer, who is the deputy director of the University’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and have worked with Dr. Alison Galdys, who is an assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine here on campus.”

Go Gophers!!

Holy Man

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A lot of name and credential dropping in the statement. That doesn't exude confidence from me.

I want him to be right, but a few more details about how would help.
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