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Chun: WSU encouraging players ‘to stay at their permanent residence’ due to COVID-19

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In a conference call with reporters, Chun also noted WSU’s scheduled pro-day for football players would not take place.

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Much of the world remains in a holding pattern due to the effects of COVID-19 and Washington State athletics are no different. During a conference call with reporters on Friday, athletic director Pat Chun said they have no idea when things will be back to normal.

“No real start date,” Chun said regarding when the athletic department would function normally again.

Chun also told reporters they’ve asked all student-athletes to “stay at their permanent residence” as WSU’s spring break comes to an end on Monday. He noted the most challenging task ahead of them would be figuring out how to set up distance learning for all student-athletes since most have yet to take an online class.

Chun also confirmed WSU remains in a holding pattern when it comes to spring football practices, one of just a few schools in the conference that had actually yet to hold a practice, which were scheduled to start late next week for the Cougs. WSU’s Pro Day for draft eligible seniors will not go on as scheduled on April 1st due to travel restrictions and the NFL ground all of their scouts. Chun also mentioned they’re preparing fall sport coaches to not hold practices “until June or July”.

The school itself will finish the spring semester with online-classes only; they are also determining is a commencement ceremony will be able to be held as scheduled on May 9th.