PURDUE UNIVERSITY President Mitch Daniels came under fire Thursday during a Senate hearing for plans to allow fall sports teams back on campus for preseason practice and to open the university’s 57,000-seat football stadium for games.
“I think it’s interesting that college sports teams are coming back for practices before professional sports leagues are feeling it’s safe enough to come back,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing that assessed how colleges can safely reopen.
“These are contact sports,” Murphy said. “There is no way ultimately to have social distancing for a football team or a soccer team. “What happens if you have an outbreak over the course of summer training or early fall on your football team or your women’s soccer team? What’s your protocol? Do you just shut that team down?”