Bill Moos staying cautiously optimistic about upcoming fall sports season
When asked about what kind of a financial hit Nebraska could face if Memorial Stadium were limited to 50 percent capacity for home football games, Moos said an excess $6-7 million per game could be lost.
LINCOLN – Bill Moos is still trying to find the positive spin on everything surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with Channel 8, one of many he’s done with area media outlets over the past week, Moos says the University of Nebraska is prepared for when Husker student-athletes begin voluntary workouts on Monday.
“If we keep that uppermost in our mind, and that’s the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, we’re going to be fine,” Moos said. “So I can sleep easy knowing that.”
June will serve as a trial run for Nebraska and many other athletic departments across the country. The Huskers have already put in strict protocol for when student-athletes return to campus and begin voluntary workouts. Nebraska’s football, volleyball, basketball and soccer teams will be in Lincoln.
Moos hopes they can add more teams after the month is over, if this everything goes well in June.
Of course, the fall sports season, especially college football, looms large on this trial as well. When asked about what kind of a financial hit Nebraska could face if Memorial Stadium were limited to 50 percent capacity for home football games, Moos said an excess $6-7 million per game could be lost.
“And that doesn’t factor in the TV piece of it,” Moos said. “We’ve got to think our TV partners are not going to be spending the same amount of money because they aren’t getting the inventory they expected or agreed too.”
Still, Moos doesn’t believe it will come to that just yet. He’s still holding out hope Memorial Stadium will be filled in full on game one. He also said, it’s difficult to see a football season in Lincoln without fans in the stands.
“It would be strange to play a football game in Memorial Stadium without a packed house,” Moos said.
Moos does feel strongly that local officials and governors should have most of the say when it comes to who is allowed inside large sporting events. He will stick to ensuring his own student-athletes and coaching staffs stay safe.
Moos hopes the protocol set in place for Husker student-athletes returning to campus can be a blueprint for sports this fall.
“We’re going to be very careful as we look into this, hope things start to level out and that people will be comfortable and we’ll have the flexibility to put people into Memorial Stadium,” Moos said. “Ideally, pack it like we have in the past, but too early to say.”
Moos did tell Channel 8 on Friday that one player did test positive for the coronavirus early in May, but has since been cleared. No other player tested positive from that scenario. He’s optimistic that will be an outlier heading into June.