With the first presumptive positive COVID-19 case identified today in Arkansas (in Pine Bluff apparently), UA is asking its faculty to prepare to teach classes online or by some other means. If a COVID-19 case is confirmed on campus or in the Fayetteville community, that would trigger the suspension of in-person classes on campus per the UA website.
I’ve heard of several Power 5 schools, including Duke, UCLA, Indiana and Michigan State, that have already stopped in-person teaching because of the virus.
This could also affect Razorback events obviously. If you’re not going to let students come to class to prevent virus transmission, you shouldn’t let people come to baseball games either. Those schools have not yet announced plans to play in empty stadiums/arenas, but it may be coming. The Warriors in the NBA are going to play their home game tomorrow in an empty arena. And yes, empty arenas for March Madness (and the NIT) are a real possibility.
Empty arenas for March Madness, men and women, confirmed. Since the NIT is run by the NCAA, I assume it will follow suit.
Presumably the women as a projected 7 seed would be sent to play in someone’s home arena (Storrs?). No fans makes their task of getting out of that pod a little easier,
Public transportation continues. NCAA makes the travel arrangements for the teams anyway, or at least pays for it. Essential staff and family attendance will be allowed, but that’s not going to be much. I would not expect pep bands for the teams to be allowed in, although since this has never happened before we’ll have to see the details as they unfold over the next five days (First Four starts Tuesday).
I think the key word is university-sponsored. Travel to NCAA events is provided by the NCAA.
Now it would raise a question about going to Starkville for the baseball series; that would be UA-sponsored travel. But the UA release says appeals may be made to the appropriate vice chancellor. The appropriate vice chancellor in our case is Hunter Yurachek. I bet he approves the travel.
I bet if they announce anything today it will be passed along to Brett and Troy on the baseball video stream, so that may be the first place to hear.
I would anticipate that the baseball team would be allowed to travel to Moo U, and the track team can go to nationals on NCAA-sponsored travel. I could be wrong but that’s my guess. Anything scheduled on campus will presumably go ahead, with fans, if the opponent can get here. Now if there’s a confirmed infection on campus or in Fayetteville that may change.
One thing to consider: IIRC the baseball team charters a plane, doesn’t fly commercially. Thus reduced travel risk. Softball is at home this weekend facing Georgia, so they don’t have to go anywhere.
The Governor has issued a travel ban for state employees for out of state travel. But, there is a process to get permission, I am supposed to travel next week. I have asked for permission. I have no clue if it will be granted. I would THINK letting a sport team travel to a scheduled game would be allowed. But who knows.
I personally think playing games with no fans makes some sense. Not playing the games at all, not so much. Not much risk in letting the team travel. A lot more risk on have thousands of fans packed in side by side.
Not sure why UofA does not cancel the upcoming Spring Break, continue classes, & end the semester one week earlier in hopes that the students can remain isolated on campus, finish the semester on campus, & not risk bringing the virus to UofA from home.
It is not like most of the families are still planning for cruises or spring break vacations while this virus in rampant & spreading. Same may be true of sports events where other teams come to Fayetteville.
Opinion from the medical profession is that this virus so far has a 10x greater mortality rate than the common flu virus, especially for the elderly, infants, & those with other illnesses. With family at risk, some of whom elderly, I tend to trust the opinion of medical community over Dr. President.