Evidently, as they’ve been for the past month and a half, the trending sports headlines have been few and far between, but we’d love to keep up the sense of normalcy while we wait for the return of our favorite pastimes. Here are a few of the headlines from Monday, May 4.
Arkansas AD announces plans for season
Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek made an announcement that got the attention of a lot of football fans on Monday. He informed the school board that he planned to start practice in mid-July to prepare to play the Razorbacks’ season-opener on September 5, as originally scheduled. Yurachek did later clarify that no decision had been made, but still, it’s a glimmer of hope for desperate football fans hoping that the season will return in full force in the fall.
NCAA releases updated, 9-step plan for the return of college sports
The NCAA released a document this past Friday about their plan for the return of college sports. While much of their plan is conditional on the contain of the virus and the availability of widespread testing, it’s good to see the NCAA taking some administrative steps to prepare for the end of the shutdown.
“For The Culture” debuts
While many of the women’s basketball headlines revolved around the record-breaking Sabrina Ionescu and the Oregon Ducks, many forget that South Carolina was ranked #1 on the season. Oregon was hardly the runaway favorites, as the Gamecocks may very well have been the best team in the country. On Monday, the SEC special “For the Culture” debuted -a documentary feature on the Gamecocks. It’s a great event to remember a great team in a sport that often doesn’t get enough coverage.
Temple vs. UMass series announced
Despite having one home-and-home set already on the slate, the Temple Owls and UMass Minutemen scheduled another two-game series in 2025 and 2027. The two teams have already played twice before, with the Owls leading the series with two close victories. They are scheduled to play this upcoming season and 2024, so hopefully another solid Group of 5 contestant is en route.