According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the football team at the University of Michigan won’t play this season if students don’t take classes on campus this fall. University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel said, “If there is no on-campus instruction, then there won’t be intercollegiate athletics for Michigan.”
Schlissel also said that if the team did play, it would likely play at a smaller arena than the 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium where games are normally held. “I can’t imagine a way to do that safely,” Schlissel said.
The university president said he expects to decide on whether to hold classes on campus this fall in the next few weeks. He added that the decision will likely apply for the entire academic year. “What’s going to be different in January?” Schlissel said, referring to public health concerns that things could be even worse when flu season ramps up in the winter months. Schlissel said he wanted to avoid setting “false expectations.”
Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn