Stanford, SJSU football teams cleared to practice on campus

Stanford and San Jose State’s football teams got the clearance they have been seeking to return to their respective campuses to prepare for the 2020 football season.

Public health officials announced Tuesday that Santa Clara County moved into the orange, or moderate, tier in the state’s risk reduction order to pave the way for regular football practices. The county had placed strict guidelines on activities such as football to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

San Jose State plans to return home Wednesday afternoon after more than a week of training at Humboldt State.

Stanford said it will start on-campus practices Wednesday after starting fall training camp at Woodside High School in San Mateo County on Friday.

Cal had been cleared by the City of Berkeley to practice with a group of 75 people — the state public health department guideline — since Friday.

“We’re ecstatic,” San Jose State coach Brent Brennan said. “We’ve been up here for 10 days now. All these players, coaches and trainers have been displaced. It’s just another chapter of the crazy COVID story.”

Brennan said the Spartans would return by bus after morning practice and then take Thursday off to settle in at home. San Jose State plans to practice Friday on campus in preparation for the season opener, a home game Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. against Air Force.

Stanford is scheduled to open the season Nov. 7 at Oregon. The Cardinal plays host to Colorado on Nov. 14.

“It’s been a process, our student-athletes understand it, that it’s not just for the county’s health but for their individual health for us to follow these guidelines and the best way to get to play the sport that we love,” coach David Shaw said Tuesday.

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The clearance hinges on both programs following the public health directives completely, said James Williams, Santa Clara County Counsel.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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