In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• New NCAA guidelines about the resumption of college sports
• Big Ten extends suspension of organized team activities
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond and college sports continue to be on hold.
Even while some states begin to relax restrictions associated with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the resumption of sports in the United States remains a complicated issue, and recent news from both the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference continues to acknowledge the tricky path back to normal activity.
Last week, the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel released a document that listed nine core principles, as well as a three-phase plan, filled with the measures that must be taken to ensure health and safety is maintained whenever college sports resume.
Among the core principles listed in the NCAA document was the need for there to be a plan in place at the university-level for the re-socialization of student-athletes within athletics, and the existence of a local surveillance system to quickly identify new cases of COVID-19.
With regard to the phases in the plan, the normal reopening of gyms and common areas where student-athletes and staff are likely to congregate and interact isn’t mentioned until the third and final phase of the NCAA’s procedural plan.
“It is also important to take into consideration that there will not be a quick, single day of re-emergence into society,” NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline said in this release.
Further information about the possible restart of college athletics came Monday morning when the Big Ten Conference suspended all organized team activities through June 1, extending a prior suspension of all team activities for member schools that was set to expire on Monday.
The 28-day extension to the suspension of team activities will be re-evaluated at the start of June, and also keeps in place the moratorium on all on and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future.
In the case of Indiana basketball, this means the continued use of technology will be necessary for Archie Miller and his staff to keep in contact with recruits, as was on display last week when Miller and assistant coach Bruiser Flint had a meeting over Zoom with 5-star small forward Aminu Mohammed from Greenwood Laboratory School in
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