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The NCAA Division I Council voted to approve voluntary athletic activities in football and men's and women's basketball starting June 1. Other sports will be acted on at a later date.
Some athletes — particularly members of Nebraska’s football team — are back in town and have already been tested for COVID-19. Others will come back “in waves” over several weeks, Moos said. The Nebraska men’s basketball team, according to a source close to the program, will have its players return between June 1 and June 6.
NU has two international women’s basketball players from Australia — Issie Bourne and Ruby Porter — and four international players on the men's team — Yvan Ouedraogo (France), Dalano Banton and Shamiel Stevenson (Canada), and Thorir Thorbjarnarson (Iceland). NU coach Amy Williams expects Bourne back soon, with Porter arriving in July because of visa approval delays. Among the men’s players, it’s unclear when they’ll return, although Nebraska feels good about the possibility of the Canadian border opening up by June 6.
Moos believes the school is uniquely positioned to bring in students because of the relatively low number of coronavirus cases in the state.
“Being here in Lincoln, we have that going for us where we’re not a real hot bed for COVID-19, we have wide open spaces,”
“The safest place for our student-athletes is Lincoln, Nebraska, and the safest place in Lincoln is to be in our facilities," Moos said.
Men’s basketball coaches told the team workouts will be on the floor with two to four players at a time, plus some weight lifting in groups. Groups will be separated between guys who have been able to stay active in the gym in the last few weeks and guys who have not, Webster said. Most of the team, it appears, has been able to get shots up. Sophomore Yvan Ouedraogo, junior Derrick Walker and senior Thorir Thorbjarnarson have all posted videos on social media playing in empty gyms or outdoor courts.
The men’s team has four international players, Ouedraogo (France), Dalano Banton (Canada), Shamiel Stevenson (Canada) and Thorbjarnarson (Iceland), who all moved home. Nebraska is hopeful Banton and Stevenson will be able to cross the border from Canada in June. It’s unclear when Ouedraogo and Thorbjarnarson could join.
Women’s basketball coach Amy Williams said New York native Kate Cain, who contracted COVID-19 earlier this spring and has recovered, will be in Lincoln “soon.” Two players from Australia — Ruby Porter and Isabelle Bourne — will be coming “a little later,” Williams said. The soccer team has five players from Canada and one from England, all of whom will need clearance to enter back into the United States. Same goes for new Husker punter Daniel Cerci, who is from Australia.