Morgantown, W.VA. – Even as I type this, I can start to hear the crowds in Milan Puskar, feel the energy of fans donning Old Gold and Blue ready to bring on the Mountaineers. Anyone else? Is it just me?
Just the idea of West Virginia football getting back to some semblance of normal, bringing the team together with their coaches after months of social isolation and social distancing.
Phase 1 of the return of football started June 8 for the Mountaineers as the coaches and staff as screenings, sanitation, cleaning and distancing helps to return football to a new normal. COVID-19 testing started 72 hours prior to the coaches and staff returning to campus. The team’s two week integration period takes place June 15-29.
COVID-19 tests must be confirmed negative before players or staff may enter football facilities and CDC guidelines will be enforced throughout the entirety of the return to football. Face coverings will be required, the weight room will be moved outside and remote meetings will continue to take place as opposed to moving all meetings in-person.
The goal of Phase 1 will be to prepare the Mountaineers for the much-desired 2020 football season. The Big 12 has announced that restrictions for remaining fall sports will be lifted in July.
While Phase 1 is just the first step to getting football back and ready for the 2020 fall season, it goes without saying that the Mountaineers are likely so ready to be reunited, get to work and continue to trust the climb.