Report: ACC team sits out first scheduled practice
|Friday, August 7, 2020, 2:44 PM-|
Syracuse football players decided as a team not to practice on Thursday over concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported Friday.
The Post-Standard says the players sat out and instead held "a series of team meetings," which included Orange head coach Dino Babers and athletic director John Wildhack.
Per the report: "The source said the players were comfortable with Syracuse’s rules, but they are worried other ACC schools, as well as non-conference opponent Liberty, won’t be as careful."
Wildhack issued a statement on Friday calling for ACC teams to test for COVID-19 twice a week.
"Syracuse Athletics is committed to doing everything we can to support and protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, our staff and the campus and Syracuse communities," Wildhack said. "That is why, in consultation with the Onondaga County Health Department, medical professionals and public health experts, we developed a comprehensive strategy that allows our student-athletes to safely train to compete in the upcoming season.
"Our strategy includes frequent COVID-19 testing and comprehensive resources and services to support the mental, physical and emotional well-being of our student-athletes. At the request of our student-athletes on the football team, we will conduct COVID-19 testing twice per week beginning the week of September 7. We will also encourage our fellow ACC institutions to adopt twice-weekly testing for football to foster and maintain a healthy environment for all our student-athletes to compete within."
Former Clemson offer and S.C. native Cooper Dawson already announced this week that he is opting out on the season due to concerns over COVID-19.
Syracuse is slated to open its season at UNC on Sept. 12. They come to Clemson on Oct. 24.
Statement from Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack: pic.twitter.com/fZREZttzRH— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) August 7, 2020