Oklahoma Sooners football coach Lincoln Riley is apparently worried about what students being on campus will mean for the football season.
At the moment, many programs around America have brought back players for voluntary workouts. Some programs have managed to avoid issues with coronavirus, and other programs have been hammered. The man leading the Sooners worries there could be problems once the rest of the student body arrives. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
Riley told Yahoo Sports the following about students being on campus:
It’s probably as easy as it’s going to be right now when most other students aren’t here. There’s legitimate concerns when the student body shows up. What’s that going to look like? It’s the great unknown right now. The scary thing about it for us, or the thing that gives you some concern, is that the students show up and a week or two later you’re trying to start the season. It’s on our minds. The more people in the area, the more potential risk and things you have to worry about.
This is an issue that I have spent a ton of time talking and thinking about. It’s going to be damn near impossible to keep players safe once campus is packed.
It’s just not a realistic option on the table. Once tens of thousands of students are on campus, football players are going to be in contact with tons of different people.
It only takes one player getting sick, coming into the locker room and the entire team could get blasted by coronavirus.
I find it really hard to believe that won’t happen a few times this season. A player is going to want to see his woman, and all bets are off at that point.
I hope like hell I’m wrong, but I think Riley has every reason on the planet to be concerned.
Hopefully, tons of testing will help identify sick players immediately so that they can be isolated from the rest of the team. If not, these schools might be in big trouble once campuses fill up.