The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
Michigan State linebacker Marcel Lewis and offensive lineman Justin Stevens are opting out of the upcoming season.
Both announced their decisions on Twitter.
Lewis, a redshirt freshman, said he’s lost a family member during the pandemic and has had another family member sick in the hospital. He said he doesn’t feel safe competing this year because of outbreaks on teams and athletes developing heart issues and respiratory problems.
The conference announced all teams will remain in the first two days of what is known as the “acclimatization period,” working in just helmets helmets. The Big Ten said all other fall sports will continue to work with team physicians and athletic trainers to adjust practices to the appropriate level of activity.
“We understand there are many questions regarding how this impacts schedules, as well as the feasibility of proceeding forward with the season at all,” the conference said in a statement Saturday. “As we have consistently stated, we will continue to evaluate daily, while relying on our medical experts, to make the best decisions possible for the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes.”
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