University of Miami

Podcast: Will COVID-19 disrupt college football? And UM spring athletes face uncertainty.

The Miami Hurricanes — just like the rest of the world — continues to deal with the fallout of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Just like the rest of the world, Miami is mired in uncertainty about the next steps.

It was actually a busy week on the Hurricanes beat as both David Wilson and Susan Miller Degnan, the Miami Herald’s Hurricanes beat writer, wrote a number of stories about the effects the coronavirus is having on Miami. On the Eye on the U podcast, they gather to talk about some of the revelations and lessons they took away from talking to people all across the Hurricanes’ orbit.

The most important insight came from athletic director Blake James, who tried to sort his way through all the uncertainty lingering around college sports and acknowledged he’s thinking about what sort of effect the pandemic might have on college football a few months from now.

Degnan also talked to handful of parents of football players, who are now coping with a sudden sedentary life indoors. Miami’s coaches are finding some important ways to keep tabs on their players from afar and make sure they can remain productive even with society effectively shut down. Just like everyone else, it seems they’ve fallen in love with Zoom Video Communications.

The effects of the coronavirus spread much further than just football, though. Coach Gino DiMare opened up about his shock at having baseball season abruptly cut short with the Hurricanes sitting at No. 5, women’s tennis star Estela Perez-Somarriba now needs to figure out whether she wants to go professional or take advantage of an extra season of eligibility to return in 2021 and defend her 2019 national title, and former Miami men’s basketball players abroad now find themselves in limbo with seasons all across the world in jeopardy.

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