Like everyone else, I have no idea how this reopening is going to play out, but at least I believe Georgia is going to have a more coherent plan than other programs.
Georgia football players and all athletes returning to campus on June 8 will be tested for COVID-19.
That’s going a step above what was required by the SEC in its decision Friday to allow those student-athletes back on school campuses for training. The league mandated only a three-stage screening process and requires testing only for “symptomatic” athletes.
But UGA Sports Medicine Director Ron Courson, who detailed his plans in a release sent out by the school late Friday afternoon, said testing would be done up front for all of Georgia’s athletes, which includes 87 scholarship football players and another 30 men’s and women’s basketball players.
“We will conduct COVID testing and perform medical evaluations on all student-athletes and they must be medically cleared prior to any physical activity,” Courson said. “We will identify any student-athletes and staff who may be more vulnerable due to existing health conditions and ensure that we have an individualized plan of care for their safe return to sport or work based upon medical guidance.”
Good on Ron. Of course, that does nothing for any program that decides the SEC guidelines are sufficient. Which would be no big deal from my selfish standpoint, except Georgia plays football against other SEC teams.
Sure hope Wolken is wrong about that, but I have this nagging feeling he may not be.