SEC to allow workouts on campus beginning June 8

SEC to allow workouts on campus beginning June 8

{{featured_button_text}}
Virus Outbreak SEC

“At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as currently scheduled," Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey said.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

0
0
0
0
0

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Ap

Georgetown basketball coach and former NBA great Patrick Ewing has been released from the hospital and is recovering from COVID-19 at home, his son said Monday.

Ap

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyle Busch says he supports wearing a mask in public so "we all can take care of our neighbor" amid the coronavirus pandemic, a rare instance of the two-time NASCAR champion wading into a social issue.

Ap

ARCADIA, Calif. — Horses are thundering down the stretch again at Santa Anita. There are no fans or owners cheering them on. No photos in the winner's circle. No bets placed at the track's windows.

Ap

The NBA confirmed what's been reported on and speculated about for the past week — that the league, along with the players union — are in discussions to restart the NBA season in Orlando, Fla., later this summer.

Ap

Major League Baseball and its players' union began formal talks Tuesday over the most contentious issue facing the sport in its desperate, last-ditch effort to get back on the field amid an ongoing global pandemic: how to compensate players for a shortened season that will almost certainly be played without fans.

Ap

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The steady stream of nurses filing out of St. Luke's Hospital for close to an hour was finally slowing down, which was altogether fortunate, because the young man with thighs like tree trunks was running out of food to give them.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News