LSU AD: We owe it to athletes to 'make every effort' to safely play

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Amid reports that several major conferences are preparing to cancel the 2020 season, LSU athletic director Scott Woodward released a statement saying the program is remaining patient with regards to playing this Fall.

“We remain steadfast in our approach in the Southeastern Conference, taking all the available time to gather as much information as possible in order to make informed decisions,” Woodward said. “We are united in our process and our focus on the safety and well-being of our student-athletes. 

“The recent flood of reports surrounding college athletics does not alter that approach. As we have said since the beginning, we are patiently working through each and every variable following the direction of our Return to Safety and Medical Guidance Task Force. I believe our student-athletes want to play. We owe it to them to make every effort to do so safely.”

Woodward’s statement comes on the heels of reports that the Big Ten planned to cancel Fall sports.

Following those reports, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey tweeted that the league was taking its time with each step regarding Fall sports.

“Best advice I’ve received since COVID-19: “Be patient. Take time when making decisions. This is all new & you’ll gain better information each day,” he wrote. (The) SEC has been deliberate at each step since March...slowed return to practice... delayed 1st game to respect start of fall semester...developed testing protocols.

“We know concerns remain. We have never had a (football) season in a COVID-19 environment. Can we play? I don’t know. We haven’t stopped trying. We support, educate and care for student-athletes every day, and will continue to do so...every day.”