WKU AD Todd Stewart Address Concerns about 2020-21 Season

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a huge impact on the world of sports and is now threatening the future of fall sports, including Division I college football, across the entire country.

While many coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners alike are uncertain about the status of the upcoming 2020 season, Western Kentucky’s Athletic Director Todd Stewart remains optimistic about the optic of playing this season.

While Stewart says the ideal situation is to keep things the way they are, he’s not opposed to adapting the Hilltoppers’ season slate, just as long as the season is played in some form or fashion.

On Thursday afternoon, the NCAA released its next set of return-to-sports guidelines for all Division I schools. These guidelines include: daily health-checks, testing strategies for all pre-season, regular season and post-season athletic activities, as well as testing and results with in 72 hours of competition in high-contact risk sports.

The high number of Covid-19 tests could be difficult to afford for low-budget athletic departments, like Western Kentucky, but Stewart isn’t worried about that.

As far as the upcoming basketball season goes, it’s no surprise that the Hilltoppers have tried to schedule a game with the University of Kentucky, but have been unsuccessful in doing so thus far.

Stewart spoke about the potential of a future series with the Wildcats earlier Thursday afternoon, saying that the Tops men’s team would play UK any time and at any place.