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FSU, state universities planning for fall reopening

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The plans will be presented next Thursday.

NCAA FOOTBALL: NOV 11 Boston College at Florida State Photo by Logan Stanford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As some sports start to slowly trickle back, football’s viability in the fall remains a looming question.

One of the major hurdles, outside of proper testing and regulation, in having football played this year is actually having campuses open. Although schools have continued administrating classes online, the bulk of students (with or without “-athlete” attached to the end) have left Tallahassee.

While some California schools have opted to delay a return to campus until at least past fall, Florida’s State University System has begun drafting guidelines to reopen campuses. State University System Chancellor, Marshall Criser III will be in charge of crafting proposals presented at a public meeting on May 28. If those regulations are adopted, each university will present its own plan on June 23.

“Over the last few months the State University System has risen to the COVID-19 challenge by nimbly and effectively moving classes to remote instruction, and also stepping up by giving back to their communities and leveraging their expertise to address some of the most critical challenges posed by this global pandemic,” said Chancellor Criser III in a press release. “As we move forward with a framework for the fall, we will be mindful that a healthy campus environment and academic rigor remain paramount.”

Last week, ACC commissioner John Swofford said the league was currently looking at four scenarios: Football is played as currently scheduled, there’s a shortened football season, there’s no football but basketball is played as scheduled or no sports at all for the 2020-21 academic year.

Tomahawk Nation can confirm that Florida State (strictly addressing the academic side of university itself) is in the midst of its Phase 1 of reopening, with plans for a ramping up to follow after a successful three weeks. Administration has advised that any decisions will be made in accordance with the state university system and the ACC, and faculty could be encouraged to hold classes online if it’s not a course that requires in-person learning.