“As a parent, I empathize with you on the importance of knowing more about the environments your sons could be going back to,” Emmert wrote. “Our role is to provide guidance. . . . State and local protocols around COVID-19 vary based on each school’s location. . . . As such, it is the responsibility of each campus to do all they can to support and preserve the health of student-athletes.”
… The NCAA occasionally has taken a more expansive view of its oversight powers — most notably when it levied severe punishments against Penn State in 2012 over the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case, penalties the association eventually reduced after years of litigation — but it historically has delegated health and safety issues to individual schools, according to Tim Nevius, a former NCAA investigator who now works as an attorney representing college athletes.
But, Nevius noted, the NCAA is governed by a board of university presidents empowered with bylaws that allow for emergency actions. If the NCAA’s board wanted to mandate universal coronavirus safety policies, Nevius believes, it could.
“This is an extreme situation in which central leadership, I think, would be very valuable for protecting the health and safety of the athletes,” Nevius said.
When they say it’s not about the money…