WMU kicks off a fall football season free from COVID restrictions

Coaches say this year's football season is already a night and day difference from a year ago.

Western Michigan University is holding its fall football camp in advance of the upcoming season. And coaches say it’s a “night and day” difference between this August and the last one.

Last summer was marred by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and statewide orders meant to stop the spread. This year, many people in Michigan are vaccinated against the virus and despite rising case rates, most restrictions have been lifted.

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“We didn’t look tired out there [during practice]. [The players are] in shape,” said head coach Tim Lester in an interview with MLive.

That’s because players have access to the school’s weight room and other facilities, unlike last year at this time.

Lester said one of the chief complaints among players last year was that they couldn’t hold team meetings due to COVID restrictions. The team intends to do that every day of this year’s fall camp, which ends August 28.


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