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Purdue President: Teams Will Have to 'Shut It Down' If There's COVID-19 Outbreak

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a video conference hearing Thursday titled "COVID-19: Going Back to College Safely" with representatives from several universities.

Purdue president Mitch Daniels stated his athletic program would "shut it down" if the coronavirus began spreading through one of the Boilermakers teams, in response to the following question from Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy:

USA Today's Steve Berkowitz reached out to Daniels for further comment and received a response from Purdue spokesman Tim Doty:

"Like other universities, we do not yet have firm answers about the return of college athletics and the scenarios that may impede competition.