CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- For UNI's Mark Farley being away from his Panther football team the past few months has been difficult. On Monday much of the team returned, and as the first UNI athletes allowed back on campus Farley knows they need to set an example.
“If we do this right, we allow others to start to work their way back," says Farley, "So this is a big thing for our football team to do right because there are others that are going to come shortly after us if we do this right and give them the same opportunity."
For at least the next two weeks workouts won't look like normal. The Panthers will start with small groups mostly working individually. Team meetings will still be conducted via Zoom.
“You have your own space and that's your space and then we'll move in to those other things should you do a good job in the first phase," says Farley, "Everybody wants to go fast right now and I think the thing now is for everybody to move forward and move cautiously.”
Farley knows moving forward will be different and could last in to the fall with possible restrictions on fans in the dome or no fans at all. He says the focus on that comes later, and the concern now is following guidelines to make sure the fall season happens.
“They gave us a game plan. We've got to make sure their game plan works and go from there.”