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Arizona to resume student-athlete re-entry plan next week, starting with football’s freshmen

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The Arizona Wildcats will resume bringing student-athletes back to campus on Monday, the school has announced.

Freshman football players will be the first batch of athletes to return since the UA paused its re-entry plan in late June due to Pima County's high COVID-19 case count. Prior to that it had seen 83 football players come back to campus for voluntary off-season workouts.

Those 83 players had been subject to a combined 366 coronavirus tests as of July 17, with three positive cases.

The next group to return to campus after football will include men's and women's basketball, according to Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star.

“Our decision to resume our re-entry process for student-athletes was made after consultations with President Robbins, University leadership, the University of Arizona Re-Entry Task Force as well as our Re-Entry Advisory Group of campus and community medical experts,” Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement. “Our comprehensive and phased approach centers around safety, health and wellbeing as we continue to follow the guidance of campus and community partners. The safe and healthy return of student-athletes has been the focus of all decision making throughout this process, and it will continue to guide us moving forward.”