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MSU cancels summer sports camps, recruitment dead period extended by NCAA

April 3, 2020
<p>Kicker Matt Coghlin (4) kicks an extra point. The green team beat the white team, 42-26, in the MSU spring football game on April 13, 2019 at Spartan Stadium.</p>

Kicker Matt Coghlin (4) kicks an extra point. The green team beat the white team, 42-26, in the MSU spring football game on April 13, 2019 at Spartan Stadium.

Photo by Matt Zubik | The State News

Michigan State University's Athletic Department has canceled all summer sports camps.

Associate Athletic Director for Communications Matt Larson said that this decision came into alignment with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's decision to suspend K-12 instruction for the remainder of the school year and MSU's decision to transition the first portion of the summer semester online.

"We will miss the presence of future Spartans chasing their athletic dreams on our campus this summer, but nothing is more important than the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community," Athletic Director Bill Beekman said in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming young Spartans back to MSU for sports camps next summer."

The National College Athletic Association also announced an extension to their "dead period" on Wednesday, April 1.

A dead period means potential coaches must continue to communicate with potential recruits electronically. This prohibits them from making in-person evaluations on or away from campus, as well as all official and unofficial visits to a university.

The new dead period end-date is set for May 31.

"In regards to losing potential recruiting opportunities from summer camps, it's likely that most, if not all, institutions will make similar decisions," Larson said.

Refunds have already begun to be processed for individuals who were previously enrolled. Larson said they expect most of them to be completed within the next week.

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