Dr. Mark Schlissel's thoughts on the possibility of a college football season have not changed.
If there are no students on campus this fall, Michigan president does not think there will be college football.
In an interview with Wall Street Journal, Schlissel – an immunologist in training – addressed the potential return of athletics and possible future difficulties.
"If there is no education on campus, there will be no intercollegiate athletics, at least for Michigan," Schlissel told the Wall Street Journal. He also expressed "some degree of doubt about whether there will be university athletics (anywhere), at least in the fall."
Schlissel's comments echoed his comments during an interview on CNBC in early May. He also says that a decision on whether students will return this fall could be made "in the coming weeks".
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Michigan Wolverines helmet. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)
“Any decision we make for next fall is likely to be the case for the entire academic year. What will be different in January? "Schlissel said.
While other universities have declared that there will be college football and teams are about to bring their athletes back to campus (the Ohio State football team will return to Columbus on June 8, while Illinois football and basketball will return between days June 3 and 8), UM is taking a more patient approach – which is also necessary, given the The current request for a stay at the state home has been extended until June 12. Wolverines will not return to campus and will perform voluntary exercises before that.
Elsewhere in the state, Central Michigan, Ferris State and Western Michigan all have announced that they will host students on campus in the fall semester. Michigan State, the other Big Ten school in the state, said he will wait until July to make a decision in the fall semester.
"Whenever students are allowed to return to campus, we will work with UM leadership and the Big Ten Conference to establish next steps," said associate athletic director Kurt Svoboda in a statement on Wednesday.
Schissel told the Wall Street Journal that when the football team returns to campus, the players and the team will be able to be tested regularly. He also expressed doubts about the ability to allow fans to watch games at Michigan Stadium, which has a capacity of 107,601.
"I can't think of a way to do this safely," said Schlissel.