Jeff Hafley discussed the state of BC football as the Eagles returned


Boston College soccer gamers returned to campus Monday and are at the moment in quarantine for as much as 14 days.

Student-athletes will likely be examined for COVID-19 “on or about day eight,” temperature checks will likely be performed previous to getting into services, and face protecting, day by day screening, and elevated sanitization measures will all be in place, based on a launch. Protocols are set for the quarantine and therapy of a constructive case, ought to it happen.

BC head coach Jeff Hafley mentioned the most recent developments Wednesday through Zoom, stressing that the group’s No. 1 precedence is to make sure its gamers and coaches are wholesome and secure. He expects the state of affairs to proceed to be fluid, however he believes the time is correct.

“We all have to be encouraged right now, because we’re here and we’re back,” Hafley stated. “If we weren’t, and no one was back right now, I’d be a little worried.”

Hafley made it clear it was a cautious and well-thought-out choice and that these concerned are assured the return is in one of the best curiosity of this system. He stated he believes it’s a official chance that school soccer may occur because it normally does this fall, and his focus is on making certain his group is prepared if and when the season comes.

Boston College head soccer coach Jeff Hafley addresses the group. —Photo courtesy Brent Greenberg/BC Athletics

The aim is to conduct preliminary assessments on or round July 1, after which have shut to 2 months to organize for the season earlier than Week 1 towards Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 4. Regardless of the way it unfolds, Hafley sensed a palpable buzz on campus Monday and Tuesday.

“I think it’s a huge step,” he stated. “I’m very grateful for the support here at the school to get our guys back and not rush into it.”

While it was tough in some methods to regulate to life in quarantine over the previous few months, Hafley clarified that not every thing concerning the state of affairs was bleak.

The stage is ready for the Eagles. —Photo courtesy Brent Greenberg/BC Athletics

He was in a position to spend extra time together with his household, and he now realizes that he can go dwelling to finish lots of the work he has to complete, as an alternative of staying within the workplace. That means, he can concentrate on the duty at hand, then tuck in his daughters, Hope and Leah, and chat together with his spouse, Gina.

The previous few months have been a whirlwind in some methods, however in one other sense, he stated he’s had further time to construct relationships with gamers and coaches and join through Zoom.

“The most important thing to me is connecting with the players and the staff, and I do believe over this time that we’ve become even closer,” Hafley stated. “I give the players a lot of credit and the staff a lot of credit for that. That’s one thing that was a big concern for me.”

Zay Flowers returns to campus. —Photo courtesy Brent Greenberg/BC Athletics

Hafley stated the coaches spoke with gamers and oldsters, with medical doctors current, to go over the rules and be certain that everybody was on the identical web page to facilitate the return.

Now, with everybody again, the potential of enjoying turns into much more tantalizing. Once they’re lastly in a position to compete, probably a while in July, Hafley expects the vitality and enthusiasm to be extraordinarily excessive.

The employees and varied medical doctors have mentioned whether or not to maintain gamers of the identical place collectively or separate them to keep away from spreading the virus, and Hafley stated they’re nonetheless ironing out these particulars.

If a participant does check constructive, at any level, Hafley stated gamers will likely be taken care of and can proceed to be quarantined. The aim will likely be to maintain that participant remoted from the remainder of the group and permit them to recuperate.

Hafley stated he’s mentioned with different coaches, together with shut buddy and Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, easy methods to finest method the state of affairs. They’ve leaned on each other for recommendation, steering, and a way of unity. If the season occurs, Hafley stated he hopes groups will launch a coronavirus-related report, in order that either side know who will likely be on the sphere and who has the COVID-19.

He stated he expects there will likely be cases of gamers at BC getting the virus, like there have been and can proceed to be on different campuses, however he’s hopeful the precautions put in place will assist reduce these instances.

In the meantime, former Eagles reminiscent of Mark Herzlich — who addressed the group Wednesday — have spoken to the group. Hafley has repeatedly emphasised buy-in from alumni, saying he needs present gamers to see how far soccer can take them each on the sphere and in life.

He hopes that these talks will encourage his gamers, however he acknowledges that there’s nothing that may utterly replicate the sensation of enjoying the sport and studying by way of errors.

Hafley is itching for some soccer, and he’s longing for competitors as soon as it’s deemed secure to play. He is aware of there will likely be some hiccups alongside the best way, however the concept of preparing for the season at all times retains him motivated.

“If things are good, and we’re able to contact, I think we’ll see football as we know it,” Hafley stated. “We’re hopeful games will be played and we’ll be back at this thing. If everything goes according to plan, I hope me and you are talking about kickoff and what it’s going to look like and everything will be moving forward.”