Many Division I athletic departments are announcing now they will be getting their fall sports athletes on campus in the coming weeks as they prepare for the upcoming sports season.
However, in central Illinois, D-III ADs tell Regional Radio News they are concerned if their student-athletes are unable to return to campus for sports in the fall, they may not come back to school at all. Mark Wagner is the athletic director at Illinois Wesleyan University and hopes for a lot of their athletes, they would see the bigger picture beyond being able to or not being able to compete in sports.
Dr. Craig White is the athletic director at Millikin University in Decatur and fears if they don't have sports up and going in the fall, their students will find alternate plans and not return to Millikin.
Both say they are confident fall sports will happen, but it will likely have a different feel than normal. They are also monitoring how other states handle their returns to campus for their athletes.