It appears that we may be getting closer and closer to having a college football season. With everything going on, the first step in the right direction was getting players back on campus and the Big 12 came out with some positive news on Friday.
The Big 12 Board of Directors on Friday approved a phase in for student-athletes to return to campus to engage in voluntary conditioning and workouts starting on June 15th.
“Beginning June 15th football student-athletes will be permitted to access campus athletic facilities and support personnel for voluntary conditioning and training exercises.” the conference said. They also added that “Volleyball, soccer and cross- country student-athletes are able to return July 1st. All other Big 12 student-athletes may return to campus for voluntary sport-related activities July 15th.”
But of course, the Big 12 wanted to do this as safely as possible stating “This phased approach is intended to permit gradual adoption of best practices for mitigation of COVID-19 as well as ensuring a safe environment and appropriately prepared facilities. Until these dates, the Conference’s activities policy that was scheduled to sunset May 31st remains in effect for all Big 12 student-athletes.”
The Big 12 was not the only conference to speak out on Friday as the SEC stated that they would allot its school members to return to on campus activities beginning on June 8th. And of course, keep in mind that these schools will have to work with not only school officials but state officials as well to decide on when the best and safest time to return is.
So, while some schools could be opening sooner than others, the most important thing is that we can finally see a little light and the end of this dark tunnel without football.
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