The SEC announced Friday it will allow student-athletes to resume voluntary in-person athletic activities starting on June 8. "I expect that at some point down the road the NCAA and SEC will allow student-athletes".
The Southeastern Conference previously suspended all athletics through the end of May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I expect that at some point down the road the NCAA and SEC will allow student-athletes from other sports to return, and when they do, we will likely phase those in starting with the remaining fall sports teams". The Big 12 released their phase-in plan, which will allow football student-athletes to return to their respective campuses on June 15. Athletes will be "under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines" created by each school. We will conduct screening leading up to the resumption of activities on June 8. "This is an important first step toward having a season this fall and we will continue to collectively work together as our top priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff".
Voluntary workouts entail that teams have no on-field coaches, but strength staff members could supervise - there is an exception for swim coaches, however, for safety precautions.
Those practices include educating team members on best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19, a multi-stage screening before student-athletes arrive on campus and before activities begin, testing and isolation of team members with symptoms of COVID-19.
"We encourage each school to use its discretion to make the best decisions possible for football and basketball student-athletes within the appropriate re-socialization framework", the NCAA's council chair and Penn athletic director M. Grace Calhoun said.
"For well over a month, our internal Mizzou Sports Park repopulation committee has worked with MU Health Care, University, city and county officials to design a comprehensive plan for safely bringing student-athletes back to campus next month in anticipation of resuming workouts".
On Wednesday, WVU President E. Gordon Gee said that the June 15 date was likely the target he was looking at for members of the Mountaineer football team to return to campus.
"Once we get to college football season, our goal right now is to have college football season start as planned, with fans in stands", Abbott said in an interview with Austin television station KXAN.