CU Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano made an announcement early Tuesday morning regarding the campus plans for Fall 2020.
The good news for college sports fans? The school is planning on being in-person.
CU Boulder’s Plan for Fall 2020
While it will not be in its normal form, Colorado has made a point to get students back in-person safely and effectively.
The Chancellor established four phases of learning moving forward: remote, limited, expanded, and full. For the fall, the campus is aiming for the expanded plan. Classes will resume on the normal schedule, but will return to remote learning after Thanksgiving, where they’ll stay until spring. Before Thanksgiving, the school plans on reducing potential student contact by 55% with safeguards such as masks for all students, cohorts of students to reduce density, and residence hall space for quarantining.
The combination of different learning types comes after a month of deliberation from the Chancellor. Establishing these four phases now allows the university to seamlessly transition between them in the event it needs to.
So, what does this mean for sports returning?
What It Means for Sports in 2020
The situation remains vague, but as more information is released, there is more reason for hope. Sports provide an outlet for society and promote avenues for countless positive impacts. Take, for example, the ‘Match II’ from just this past weekend. The live, in-person golfing event raised over $20 million in funding for coronavirus support. The support and viewership of the event is a testament to how important sports are to the United States.
Although the Chancellor himself did not touch on fall sports, it has been outlined several times by school personnel that the first step to sports returning is getting students back on-campus.
Just hours after Colorado’s decision, the Pac-12 decided schools can begin voluntary workouts on June 15. Colorado has not yet made any firm decisions in regard to this date, but the coaching staff seems eager to get back to work on the field. It seems that the stars are beginning to align for a normal college football season.
However, how college football returns are still very much in question. Reducing on-campus contact by 55% surely means that sporting events will be reduced by at least this amount, if not more so.
While the outlook on how events will be hosted moving forward is still in doubt, optimism is growing for some return to a new normal moving forward. That new normal should include some form of college sports.