The Buckeyes are getting back to business.
Six days after temporarily pausing voluntary workouts following multiple student-athletes testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), Ohio State announced that it is resuming voluntary on-campus workouts. Ohio State's announcement comes after all student-athletes from the seven sports that returned to campus were tested Monday, with the results being received on Tuesday.
Unlike other schools, Ohio State is not specifying how many of its student-athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a statement, Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said that athletes will be tested routinely and decisions regarding the continuation of training will be re-evaluated by medical staff. The school has also implemented a strict set of protocols requiring physical distancing, masks, hygiene and cleaning procedures.
“Our Buckeyes are excited to be headed into a new school year and were disappointed last week when we had to temporarily suspend training,” Smith said. “These young people come from across the nation and the world to be part of our Ohio State family, and we do everything we can to create a safe, healthy environment so that they have a chance to study and compete. Our medical team will continue to evaluate, and we will share decisions as we move forward.”
While the Buckeyes may be back on campus, questions remain regarding the viability of a fall sports season. Last week, the Big Ten announced it would be playing a conference-only schedule for all fall sports -- including football -- with Smith admitting he is worried the season might not occur.
"I am very concerned," Smith said during a conference call with reporters. "I used to be cautiously optimistic but I’m not even there now."