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Tech Football Returns For Workouts

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader

Putnam County

Tennessee Tech prepares for athletes to return to campus for practices.

Tech’s football team will be the first wave of athletes to return. Athletic Director Mark Wilson said voluntary football workouts will begin Monday.

“It is ever evolving with more and more information,” Wilson said. “We are establishing all the protocols that we are going to need to have in place to ensure the health and well being of student athletes, coaches and the community at large.”

Wilson said football student athletes will begin coach walkthroughs on July 24th up to 20 hours a week. Wilson said the Golden Eagle football season is still scheduled to start on September 5th.

“We are hopeful we will still play college football,” Wilson said. “College football is very important to the fabric of America. It is important to all the institutions that play college football. We are planning to open the season week 1 at Samford.”

Tech established an action team made of local officials and Tech leaders, who advise the institute on reopening and student athletes returning. Wilson said Tech has the ability to contact trace and isolate students exposed to Covid-19, so a team wide outbreak does not occur.

“The ultimate responsibility for the health and well being of student athletes rest with each of the institutions,” Wilson said. “So that rests with myself, the athletic staff and coaches along as the university administration. The ultimate governmental authority that we need to make sure we are reaching is the state of Tennessee.”

Wilson said Tech must follow the guidelines provided by the the state when discussing practices and reopening. Woman’s soccer and volleyball will report back to campus at the normal time.


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