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As it currently stands, Florida State still plans to play football in the fall.
During a meeting with the university’s Board of Governors on Tuesday, FSU President John Thrasher discussed safety protocols put in place by the university regarding COVID-19, sources told Fifth Quarter. The protocols will go beyond the field.
As for university employees, all will be tested and continuously monitored. The university is asking that all students be tested. For students on campus, there will be random testing.
Come fall, Florida State hopes to have its own lab and the ability to administer about 4,000 daily tests. FSU plans on using 25 to 50 percent of its classroom space.
Students who contract COVID-19 will be able to quarantine at Rogers Hall. Although in-person classes are planned for Tallahassee, FSU’s Panama City campus will remain closed for the fall semester.
FSU believes the likelihood of incoming freshmen having no in-person classes is small, according to sources.
Protocols were approved by the Board of Governors.
When it comes to athletics, there are still a number of questions that remain unanswered. ACC university presidents have been meeting weekly to come to a consensus for athletic events.
Groups and subcommittees have been formed to examine and give recommendations on a plethora of issues, including crowd sizes and on-field protocols. Testing could take place before and after athletic contests.
The subcommittees are expected to report back to university presidents next week, possibly with recommendations.
When it comes to football, Florida State is set to begin its 2020 season in Atlanta against West Virginia on Sept. 5. Chick-fil-A Game organizers began taking ticket requests nearly two months ago.
The Seminoles were just days into spring practice in March before being forced to cancel all athletic-related activities. That included the cancellation of the spring game, which was set for April.
Off back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since the mid-1970s, FSU will hope for improvement under first-year head coach Mike Norvell. Norvell was 38-15 in four seasons at Memphis.
The Tigers finished 12-1 last season under Norvell and won the American Athletic Conference for the first time. Norvell left for FSU prior to Memphis’ 53-39 Cotton Bowl loss to Penn State. After going 5-7 in 2018, the Seminoles finished 6-7 last season. The campaign concluded with a 20-14 loss to Arizona State in the Sun Bowl.
Fifth Quarter’s James Coleman contributed to this article