LSU plans to have students and football return to campus for the fall. But interim president Thomas Galligan says the Tigers will only take the field when it’s safe and delaying the start of the season is a possibility. He says whether Tiger Stadium will be packed is a question they can’t answer now. Galligan says chancellors and presidents of SEC schools speak every week and there’s a lot of planning taking place.
The NBA has sent a memo to its teams that they can open their practice facilities to the players for limited workouts on May 8th. The league could push back the opening date if further developments warrant. Local government clearance will be required and once the facilities open, everyone is required to mask inside, except when players are working out.
Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson told TNT’s Ernie Johnson in an interview on NBA’s Twitter feed that he’s ready for the season to resume. Williamson says he’s living in New Orleans the extra time off has allowed him to get his knee and body in better shape.
The Saints are still expected to sign former Bucaneers quarterback Jameis Winston to a one-year contract. Assistant general manager Jeff Ireland told a radio show in Texas that Winston will learn more football in a year than he has in his lifetime.
LSU point guard Javonte Smart announces he’s entering his name into the NBA draft but will retain his eligibility. Smart averaged 13 points and four assists last year.
In baseball, LSU’s Hal Hughes has announced he’s transferring to Rice. Hughes is excellent with the glove, but struggled to hit above .200 during his two-plus seasons in a Tigers uniform.
ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball is confident there will be a season and the league hopes to have a plan in place by the end of May. An 80 to 100-game regular season would start in July and postseason games in November will be at warm-weather sites.
The NFL is reportedly planning to release a schedule in early May. And the league is planning for the possibility of the season not starting until mid-October, which would push the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay until February 28th. Bye weeks and the Pro Bowl could be eliminated if there’s a delayed start to the season.