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World SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

00:53  23 may  2020
00:53  23 may  2020 Source:   ap.org

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The SEC announced Friday that athletes can begin using facilities on campus for voluntary workouts June 8 under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety allowing voluntary on - campus activities to resume in football and men's and women's basketball starting June 1.

NCAA: Voluntary campus workouts OK in June . The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to allow voluntary on - campus athletic activities to resume in football and men's SEC athletic directors are expected to meet with health experts Thursday and then offer a recommendation to university

a man wearing a suit and tie: FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Greg Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, talks about the decision to cancel the remaining games in the SEC NCAA college basketball tournament, in Nashville, Tenn. College sports leaders have repeatedly said there can be no college sports without campuses being open to students. And those decisions will be made with guidance from state and local public health and government officials. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) © APWF FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Greg Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, talks about the decision to cancel the remaining games in the SEC NCAA college basketball tournament, in Nashville, Tenn. College sports leaders have repeatedly said there can be no college sports without campuses being open to students. And those decisions will be made with guidance from state and local public health and government officials. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring football and basketball players back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 at the discretion of each university.

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Players haven’t been allowed on campus since March 16 and have been working out on their own ever since. As of right now, the AHSAA moved fall practice up a week to July 27 with a tentative plan to resume summer workouts in small groups on June 8 . Again, that date is pending the approval of

SEC to allow athletes to use facilities June 8 . Louisville to allow workouts June 8 ; 1st in ACC. After a vote by university presidents, the SEC on Friday made a league-wide announcement that athletes may return for voluntary activities at its 14 campuses beginning June 8 . Whitman said Illini football and men's basketball players would begin returning between June 3 and June 8 . Players

The SEC's announcement Friday is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall. The move comes two days after the NCAA Division I Council voted to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts on campus by football and basketball players, effective June 1.

Other conferences are expected to follow suit, though decisions could be left to individual schools.

''At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as currently scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process,'' SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said.

SEC officials noted any workouts would take place ''under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.'' They referred to June 8 as the start of ''transition period that will allow student-athletes to gradually adapt to full training and sports activity after this recent period of inactivity.''

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Division I Council votes to allow athletes back on campus as soon as June 1 women’s basketball beginning June 1. The move, announced by the council Wednesday, allows athletes to return to that SEC presidents plan to vote soon on whether schools will bring players back to campuses June 1 time on campus this summer for workouts and practices, an on-time start to the football season

" Allowing for voluntary athletics activity acknowledges that reopening our campuses will be an The vote paves the way for schools and conferences to allow athletes back on campus for workouts . In April, conferences began broadening their guidelines to allow for more for "more virtual connections"

Permitted actions are limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities supervised by strength and conditioning personnel.

''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,'' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement.

The SEC decided to resume athletic activities with the guidance of a league task force that includes public health, infectious disease and sports medicine professionals from each of the league's 14 member schools.

The task force prepared a series of best practices for screening, testing, monitoring, tracing, social distancing and maintaining clean environments to serve as a guide for each school.

Recommendations included testing of symptomatic team members (including athletes, coaches and staffers) as well as screening athletes before they arrive on campus within 72 hours of entering athletic facilities and on a daily basis once they resume athletic activities.

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►The minimum football -game-attendance requirement for Football Bowl Subdivision schools will be set aside for two years. Athletic director Gene Smith confirmed before the vote that the school plans to allow players to use athletic facilities on campus for individual or voluntary workouts on June 8 .

On Wednesday night, the NCAA made a move that would bring athletes back to campus . The NCAA Division One Management Council said that athletes that participate in football and basketball (with other sports likely to follow) could begin participating in voluntary workouts beginning June 1st. SI's

Other recommendations include immediate isolation of team members who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are under investigation, followed by contact tracing under Centers for Disease Control and local public health guidelines.

''Health and safety have been our top priority as we've gone about this planning process, and we'll continue to follow guidance from medical experts and health officials as we navigate the coming weeks,'' Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said. ''Our staff and student-athletes should be prepared for a `new normal,' as we'll be implementing changes to how everyone accesses and uses our facilities.''

A Big 12 Conference moratorium on in-person team activities and voluntary workouts currently goes through May 31, a few days after spring meetings by leaders of the conference's 10 schools who have discussed options in bi-weekly calls since the pandemic outbreak shut down sports more than two months ago.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has said football teams would need six weeks or so to get ready to play, including some time for players to get reacclimated before a traditional preseason camp. Based on the current schedule for season openers on Labor Day weekend, that would mean teams would need to be back together by around mid-July.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday he thinks college football will return on schedule with at least some spectators. Abbott has already issued new rules to allow youth sports leagues to resume in June and for some professional leagues to hold events without spectators.

''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. ''What we don't know is what the capacity level would be.''

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AP Sports Writers Stephen Hawkins, Jim Vertuno, Teresa M. Walker and John Zenor contributed to this report.

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