Pitt Prepares To Welcome Back Football Players

First Phase Of Offseason Activities Will Begin June 8

Eric Hagman
May 29, 2020 - 9:15 pm

Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - Pitt football will return.

For the first time since March, when spring drills were halted by the Covid-19 outbreak, football players at Pitt will return to campus beginning June 8, according to athletic director Heather Lyke.  

She says it will be a phased return to voluntary offseason activities. 

“Preparation for the safe return of our student-athletes, beginning with football on June 8, has been a comprehensive team effort,” Lyke said in a statement Friday.  "Our athletic department has worked diligently with University leadership and medical experts using one guiding principle: the health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff. Our current climate dictates that we stay vigilant and flexible in response to fluid circumstances. However, thanks to the efforts of many outstanding medical professionals, we are confident in our campus return plan.”

Upon return, each player will be quarantined for an indefinite period of time.  Players that are medically cleared may then participate in the next phase of workout sessions, which will be supervised by the strength and training staff.  The sessions will be limited to a maximum of 10 players.

Lyke says the off-season model will conclude with an anticipated training camp in August. 

Coach Pat Narduzzi said players' health and safety is the utmost concern.

"Our football program is incredibly fortunate to have world-class medical experts and resources at our immediate disposal," Narduzzi said.  "We are taking their guidance and advice every step of the way for every activity we'll engage in this offseason and beyond."

The athletic department will employ a staggered and phased return to offseason participation for each of its 19 intercollegiate programs.



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