Iowa AD Barta: Athletes Have Option to Sit Out 2020

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University of Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said Thursday that student-athletes who may be uneasy about returning to their sports activities amid the coronavirus pandemic will not jeopardize their good standing with their team if they choose to sit out the year.

"If we have a student-athlete, who chooses not to return, they will still remain in good standing with their team," Barta told local reporters during a 48-minute press conference. "We will work to mitigate the concerns that they raise, but we would not [take a student-athlete's scholarship], if they felt they couldn't compete or train due to COVID-19 virus."

As reported by Hawkeye Insider, Barta said that he hasn't received any direct concerns from athletes' family members, who may have reservations about such things as widespread team travel, but he emphasized that the safety of the athletes is the athletic department's number-one priority as it continues to work through multiple issues. 

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