The Bears may have gotten together with officials from Lewis University about a potential change of venues for future training camps, but for the near future they will be at Olivet Nazarene University.
According to a source familiar with the situation, the Bears and the Bourbonnais, Ill., school have come to terms on an agreement for the organization to return there in 2010 for camp. The parties are expected to sign a contract soon. Next year was an option year and both sides have elected to extend their arrangement.
The first practice this summer at ONU is two weeks from today. Players must report to ONU before midnight on July 30. This is the eighth summer the Bears have used the school as its summer base. As we reported earlier today, the Bears agreed to leave campus on Aug. 20 this summer, a day earlier than they would have had to under their contract, in order to accommodate the beginning of the school year. ONU's student body of 2,500 will begin occupying campus Aug. 22.