Southern’s athletes won’t return to campus until July

Southern’s athletes won’t return to campus until July
Southern athletic director Roman Banks said student-athletes are not expected to return to campus until after July 4. (Source: Craig Loper/Gray Television)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - As student-athletes around the country return to campus to begin summer workouts, Southern University has decided to wait a little while longer before making the move.

Southern athletic director Roman Banks said Tuesday, June 9 that student-athletes are not expected to return to campus until after July 4.

Southern AD Roman Banks talks about student-athletes returning

The university is still trying to work out testing, housing, and many other issues, according to Banks.

“To me, as a leader of athletics and an advisor to our president and our board, to make sure I’m making sound decisions and having a clear head about it,” said Banks. “Obviously, number one, the safety of our student athletes comes first. Unfortunately, we don’t have the big TV revenue or radio contracts that say, ‘Play at all costs.’ I understand how important it is to bring sports back. We’re going to do it slowly, in a process that’s comfortable. That we have confidence in that process as well.”

Southern is scheduled to open its season on September 5 against Tennessee State at Ford Field in Detroit.

The exact date of the student-athletes’ return will be provided whenever it becomes available.

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