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Contact tracing, fog machines and college sports in the time of COVID-19

Mizzou Links for Tuesday, May 26

What will Mizzou sports look like this summer?

By now, the reality that college sports are coming back has set in. It’s been only a few days since the announcement that SEC voluntary workouts will resume in early June. Our own Sam Snelling wrote about the plans being set in place, and how they may not be all that well-reasoned.

But sports are coming back, and the powers that be seemed determined to make things work, one way or the other. Yesterday, Eric Blum at the Columbia Daily Tribune gave readers a look at how this summer may work for athletes on campus.

The league put together a task force to recommend several procedures for best keeping an outbreak away from campuses. Individual schools are creating exact plans to implement.

Aside from social distancing and intense cleaning of all facilities, the task force has made recommendations of education for all student-athletes and coaches on the best health and wellness practices including the prevention of COVID-19.

There’s also a three-step screening process for symptoms of the disease where athletes should be checked before coming to Columbia, within three days of entering campus and on a daily basis when athletic competition resumes.

Blum also pulled from Sterk’s SEC Network appearance last week, where Sterk talked about the lengths the school will go to to keep things clean.

“(For) example of working out in our weight room, there’s fogging machines that’ll cleanse it and the steps that you take, taking temperatures daily, as opposed to going to an open gym in the community where there may not be those kinds of restrictions.

″... We want to continue to build on that and build confidence I guess to the moms and dads and the student-athletes that it’s a good place.”

For those who aren’t keeping up with these updates minute-by-minute, Blum’s piece is an excellent glance at the way things are headed, with enough general oversight and specific details to make you feel all caught up. Highly recommended.

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More Links:

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  • Sean Williams at PowerMizzou spoke with a four-star 2022 WR recruit about his interest in the Tigers — that piece is available only to subscribers, as are Gabe’s usual 10 thoughts for Monday morning.
  • Mizzou Baseball slugger Peter Zimmerman is considering returning for his extra year of NCAA eligibility, but tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he’s open to any post-draft deals that may come his way from MLB franchises.
  • The Missourian is doing a cool feature (First Pitches) from journalists who got their start at Mizzou. Yesterday, they published a story on, “the case of the vanishing asterisk,” from David Ubben, Tennessee’s beat reporter at The Athletic.
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