UH Announces Return Of Football, Basketball Players For June 1

Brandon Scott
May 29, 2020 - 2:43 pm

(SportsRadio 610) -- A portion of student-athletes from the University of Houston football and basketball teams will be allowed to return to campus on June 1 to participate in voluntary athletic activities. 

The UH athletics department announced the decision Friday afternoon, stating athletes from other sports will arrive on campus throughout the summer in a phased approach. 

In the first phase, athletes from football, men's basketball and women's basketball can work out at the Athletics/Alumni Center and the Guy V. Lewis Player Development Center in limited occupancy, according to the department. 

To minimize the risk of potentially spreaking the COVID-19 virus, UH is requiring athletes and staff to enter and exit facilities through designated areas, wear masks to be provided at entry, and have their temperatures checked daily. They are also expected to practice physical distancing and use hand sanitizer and gloves when necessary. 

While organized practices remain prohibited by the NCAA, regulations allow only strength and conditioning personnel to supervise the volutary workouts. 

The UH athletics department said its sports medicine staff have implemented measures to address a potential positive test for COVID-19 by an athlete or staff member, though it did not go into detail.

The majority of athletics department personnel will continue to telecommute during the phased plan. 

"Our executive staff has worked closely with university administration, medical professionals and our coaching staffs to develop a detailed and comprehensive plan for the return of our student-athletes to campus," Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said. "The health of our student-athletes and staff will continue to be our top priority as we implement this phased approach."

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