LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Some University of Louisville student-athletes returned to campus on Monday and about 120 athletes, coaches and staff were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning.
Cardinals Athletics Director, Vince Tyra, was the first one in line for the drive up testing. In the release from the school he said, “Our return to campus is off and running. I think we need to set an example for our student-athletes and that was reason I did this," Tyra continued. "I wanted to feel what they're going to feel when they go through this. Hopefully they'll follow the guidelines like we're going to continue to educate them on and what we’ll have a successful return to campus.”
Under the first phase of the return to campus, a limited group of student-athletes totaling about 30 in football, plus as many as 15 each for men's basketball, women's basketball and swimming and diving, arrived on campus on June 1, with education on protocols to be employed prior to their arrival.
If all proceeds well with Phase 1 and dependent upon NCAA rules, in the next phase an additional 30 football and 60 Olympic sport student-athletes would arrive on campus on June 15. The group would experience similar preparations before engaging in voluntary physical activity by June 22 within their respective venues. During this stage, additional athletics facilities would be opened with limited occupancy. For instance, workouts within the Marshall Center would be in small groups in staggered sessions throughout the day, with disinfecting occurring after each session.