The NCAA Council has voted to lift a moratorium on athletic-related activities, allowing for voluntary athletic activities for football and men’s and women’s basketball to begin starting on June 1st. The Wednesday vote comes as states across the country are starting to re-open during the COVID-19 that has shut down all sports for over two months.
“We encourage each school to use its discretion to make the best decisions possible for football and basketball student-athletes within the appropriate resocialization framework,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania in a statement. “Allowing for voluntary athletics activity acknowledges that reopening our campuses will be an individual decision but should be based on advice from medical experts.”
The vote paves the way for schools and conferences to allow athletes back on campus for workouts. SEC presidents are scheduled to vote Friday on whether to open their schools to athletic-related activities on June 1, while the Big 12 presidents met via phone on Monday, but no decision was made. However commissioner Bob Bowlsby did say that the league would have to be up and running by mid-July to get the season to start on time.
Though the moratorium has been allowed to expire, it’s still up to conferences and schools to determine what they feel are best practices for allowing athletes to return for voluntary workouts.
Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has been vocal about not rushing back to campus and calling the June 1st return date “ridiculous”. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was eyeing a return in May as of mid-April.
But now that the NCAA has given its blessing, it’s your move, Big 12 … or individual universities.
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