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'There's no playbook for it': New MSU football strength coach tries to find his way amid pandemic

There is strength in numbers, sure, but listening to Jason Novak, the new strength and conditioning coach for Michigan State’s football program, you get a strong sense of just how hard it can be to keep an accurate accounting of things in the midst of a pandemic.

Novak arrived in East Lansing the last week of February, “and we had a week’s worth of training before everything got shut down,” he said. With COVID-19 effectively closing Michigan State’s campus, spring practice was canceled on March 13 and much of the Spartans’ roster headed home soon after that to wait things out.