Lions Roar Q & A 07-03-20

Thanks to all the Lions fans who submitted questions for this edition of the Lions Roar Q & A. LMU Athletic Director Craig Pintens was kind enough to answers questions for the week.

Have LMU’s student-athletes returned to campus for team workouts in preparation for the upcoming Fall season?  

We had various teams scheduled to report to campus on July 6th. However, the recent surge has delayed the return to campus for workouts for some students.   We will continue to monitor the situation and safeguard the safety and well-being of our students.   We have worked very diligently on the return to campus and want to commend Ashley Armstrong, our Deputy Athletic Director, for her leadership in coordinating efforts in a seemingly constantly changing environment.

LMU’s Fall semester is slated to begin in less than two months.  With COVID-19 cases spiking across Los Angeles County and the country, at what point do you see public health issues superseding the resumption of collegiate athletics?

Public health issues should always supersede the resumption of college athletics.
The University of Southern California recently reversed its fall reopening plans moving to mainly online classes.  Will all Fall sport student athletes at LMU be required to stay on campus regardless of whether school shifts to an online only environment?

LMU continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working diligently to safeguard the safety and well-being of our community.  We do not currently require student-athletes to live on campus. 

In a previous edition of the Lions Roar Mailbag, you described a worst case scenario where games might be played without fans in attendance.  If spectators are allowed to watch volleyball and basketball games in Gersten Pavilion, what would seating arrangements look like in light of social distancing guidelines?

Again, as with many answers related to COVID, it is difficult to say.   We have not been provided guidance from Los Angeles County on social distancing for sporting events.  If you were to look at our attendance in volleyball and basketball, unfortunately we are well-positioned to be able to social distance.

If you have questions for LMU Athletic Director Craig Pintens, Head Coach Stan Johnson, Iggy the Lion or anyone else in the LMU family, email us at, and we’ll do our best to get them answered for you.

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