ISU athletics prepares for athletes coming back to campus

As for the upcoming fall season, ISU athletic director Larry Lyons is hopeful everything will start on time. (WJBC file photo)


By Neil Doyle

NORMAL – Some parts of Illinois State University are slowly starting to reopen, but the athletic department is trying to get some athletes back on campus to prepare for the upcoming year.

ISU athletic director Larry Lyons said the university is still developing a plan for athletes to return and start voluntary workouts consisting of strength and conditioning.

“Since there is no activity in Redbird Arena, we are going to take equipment out of our strength room, which is in the lower level of the arena, and move it out into the lower bowl,” said Lyons. “This will allow us to spread things out and fit within the guidelines which is right now 10 people at a time.”

Lyons said once the plan is approved, only upperclassman would be allowed to return because the school’s housing and dining services are still closed.

As for the upcoming fall season, Lyons is hopeful everything will start on time.

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