Nebraska football coach Scott Frost said he has confidence in his team’s ability to stay in shape despite the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During an appearance on Sports Nightly last night, Frost said over half the roster is currently in Lincoln and has been able to continue working out in some capacity despite the fact that campus is shut down. NU’s summer conditioning program would have began May 18th but now will begin, likely in a modified way, on June 1st at the earliest pending a decision by the Big Ten.
The NCAA won’t mandate or oversee a uniform return to college sports. NCAA president Mark Emmert yesterday said they are leaving decisions on start dates to state officials and university presidents. There is still no timetable for a return, and Emmert said it isn’t the NCAA’s role to determine one in this instance.
Former Husker and veteran defensive back Prince Amukamara has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. Amukamara spent the past three years with the Chicago Bears
The Nebraska men’s basketball team got a verbal commitment Monday from Eduardo Andre. Originally from Angola, the 6-foot-10 center has only been playing basketball since he was 15. His commitment fills the 2020 class for Nebraska. He joins junior college transfers Teddy Allen and Lat Mayen, along with other transfers Kobe King, Trey McGowens, and Kobe Webster.
Fonner Park is eliminating one day of its extended season due to racetracks around the country reopening. There will now be no racing on May 21. Fonner Park will host five more race days, and conclude its season May 27. Fonner Park had a large surge of national wagers after operating on a no-spectator policy.
The Nebraska Athletic Committee will be meeting Friday to discuss options for a modified Legion Baseball season. Earlier this week the American Legion National Organization shut down all sponsorship and all involvement in baseball for the 2020 season. The American Legion National Organization had already cancelled all 2020 season’s Regional Tournaments and The American Legion World Series. Governor Pete Rickeetts has approved re-opening youth baseball and softball, with practice starting June 1st and games starting June 18th.
The Nebraska School Activities Association will allow multiple rooms to be used for strength training and conditioning starting on June 1st. But the NSAA says no more than 10 people can be in each room. The NSAA will also limit outdoor conditioning sessions to 10 people and must meet social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.