Athletics

What you need to know

  • The Big Ten requires student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing via third-party vendors. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game.
  • Attendance policies for all athletic events will be determined by local and state guidelines.   
  • Season tickets for the 2021 football season are now available. Policies on tailgating and attendance will be determined closer to fall, based on the health and safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all varsity sports and departments have been asked to reduce their budgets by at least 25%. Also, all contract employees making $100,000 or greater are taking salary reductions on a sliding scale Sept. 1, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2021. In total, as of September 2020, 50 athletics employees have taken salary reductions, ranging from 15% to 1%. Another 31 employees saw their sports camp income decrease, with a range of between 23% and 1% of their income. A hiring freeze has been instituted as well, resulting in 11 unfilled positions. In September, it was announced many athletics staff members will undergo furloughs of at least one month before Dec. 31, 2020.