Nevada AD Doug Knuth: Summer return hinges on medical experts, local policies

Jay Norvell
Jay Norvell coaches his team during a game at Vanderbilt in 2018. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The NCAA opened the door Wednesday for colleges to conduct on-campus voluntary workouts starting June 1, but that doesn't mean Nevada will resume activities this summer.

The school's first summer session runs from June 8-July 10 and its second from July 13-Aug. 13. UNR is in remote summer school instruction until July 10, but "the university’s goal remains to return to campus in phases, working toward resumption of in-person instruction, campus housing and athletics events for second session summer school and fall semester."

Wolf Pack athletic director Doug Knuth released the following statement following the NCAA Division I council's decision to allow on-campus athletic activities next month.

“Our most important charge is to protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes," Knuth said. "Today’s action by the Division I Council was permissive in nature. While we are excited for the return of athletic activities, we are working towards that goal in a safe and diligent manner. We will follow the advice and guidance provided by our medical experts and act in accordance with policy from the university as well as local, state and federal governments.”

The state of Nevada is currently in Phase 1 of a four-phase reopening process, with individual counties able to move through that process quicker than others depending on whether it hits specific metrics. The Wolf Pack's revenue sport coaches -- Jay Norvell in football and Steve Alford in men's basketball -- have both expressed a desire to resume activities in the second summer session.

"I'm hoping by the time we get to the second semester of summer, July 1, somewhere in that period, I hope we've got guys on campus and can start working guys out," Alford said last week. "That would have a lot of benefit going into the fall."

Nevada football did not hold its spring camp, which allows each school 15 practices, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Mountain West canceled all spring sports competitions and MW championships in early March but has not publicly commented on all restrictions this summer outside of establishing a moratorium on all on-campus and off-campus in-person recruiting activities. The conference could chose to outline uniform rules so all teams get equal practice opportunity this summer or allow states and schools to make individual decisions on that.

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