IU Athletics to pause workouts for four programs, including men’s basketball, soccer

REPORT FROM THE INDY STAR’S ZACH OSTERMAN:

IU will pause voluntary workouts for four programs due to positive COVID tests, the second time the department has been forced to take such action with at least one athletic program this summer. 

Men’s basketball, men’s soccer, field hockey and wrestling will all pause workouts indefinitely after 14 total participants tested positive across those four programs this week. 

“Testing will continue and all workout decisions will be re-evaluated by the Indiana medical staff to protect the health and safety of all student-athletes,” a Friday afternoon news release announcing the pause read. 

IU has been testing athletes as part of its return-to-activity protocols since football workouts resumed in mid-June. The football program was forced by six positive tests to pause voluntary workouts for two weeks on July 17. 

Given its importance both financially and culturally for IU, men’s basketball’s stoppage will be of particular note. But with the start of the season increasingly likely to be pushed back until at least two weeks, a brief shutdown would not affect preseason preparations too greatly. 

“It’s clear that the health and safety of everyone in our program, athletic program and university community will remain as our top priority,” IU men’s basketball coach Archie Miller said in a statement.

Indiana had several of its athletic programs, including all fall sports and both men’s and women’s basketball, on campus this summer. But football players were allowed a brief break to return home before the start of the fall semester if they so desired, and other programs likewise allowed athletes who wanted to return home before classes resumed in Bloomington last week. 

In total, IU has administered 1,417 COVID tests to athletes, coaches and staff thus far, with 63 positives reported, a positivity rate of 4.4 percent. 

The forced suspension of athletic activity is among the most significant obstacles Big Ten sports must navigate before they can restart, with the fall sports season already postponed. Rapid-result testing — a product just now becoming more widely available in the United States that would allow swifter identification and quarantine of positive individuals — is considered one of sports’ most potent tools available in any attempt to resume athletic competition. 

2 comments

  1. Basically, even if FB or BB starts the season could be a sad joke due to erratic forced pause now and then with testing.

    Now I read the University of Washington School of Medicine (which the current administration has used before & probably never again) updated it’s prediction. The numbers are crazy high with ‘the worse to come”.

  2. A few general questions: 1) how many students does IU have on campus now? 2) how many tests administered to students, faculty and staff on a weekly basis? 3) how many positive results, on a weekly basis, ie the positivity ratio? 4) what is the protocol for someone with a positive test, does this apply to everyone? does IU have unlimited access to the new fast test? Thanks.

Comments are closed.