WATCH: College football return focus on ‘resocializing,’ players arguably safer on campus
ATHENS — Much of the college football narrative entering May has centered around resocialization, and knowing when and how to bring students and student-athletes back to campus safely.
But with more and more states opening up — more than half of the nation will be opened up in the next week — it’s fair to ask exactly what the measure for safety is anymore.
Are student-athletes safer back in their hometowns, or in a controlled college environment?
Student-athletes are already somewhat quarantined by the very nature of how collegiate sports have evolved, particularly at Power 5 institutions.
Scholarship athletes have their own weight rooms, meeting rooms, training tables and academic support centers.
One idea floated at UGA, which would seem in line with some of the provisions the NCAA has been trotting out, involves bringing players and coaches back to campus in July and quarantining them for two weeks.
Further, Power 5 student-athletes have access to medical care 24/7, and one of the provisions of resocialization will involve testing all of the players and coaches.
It would seem a much more controlled and safe setting that if student-athletes are left to fend for themselves in their hometowns.
Maybe the question shouldn’t be about where student-athletes are more safe — COVID-19 has penetrated virtually every corner on the globe — so much as where student-athletes are less safe.
Today’s Ingles on the Beat segment takes a closer look at that while also examining the rise of Georgia rival Tennessee, taking a closer look at the Vols’ current class of commits.
Tennessee has 18 players pledged, but the average rating for those players is (89.21), on par with the class the Vols signed last year (89.92).
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