NCAA Approves Limited Athletic Activities for Football, Men's and Women's Basketball Starting June 1

By RLR Staff on May 20, 2020 at 6:28 pm
Mar 29, 2019; Albany , NY, USA; General view of a NCAA logo prior to an Albany regional semifinal game of the women's 2019 NCAA Tournament between the UCLA Bruins and the UConn Huskies at the Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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The NCAA Division I Council has voted to approve limited, and voluntary workouts for football, as well as men's and women's basketball players, as early as June 1. There had been a moratorium on any on-campus workouts, or use of team facilities by athletes through May 31. This ruling runs through June 30.

This ruling comes on the heels of Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith indicating they were aiming to get football players back on campus in Columbus on June 8, the start of classes for OSU's summer session. This does not, however, mean a a decision on the status of the season, or even full workouts is on the immediate horizon.

No other schools have announced formal plans, but with the moratorium lifted, expect to see others follow suit as their local governments and health departments allow. Smith indicated that athletes returning to Columbus might be subject to quarantine, and that all medical related decisions are completely in the hands of their medical staff. This is just the first of many steps towards the possibility of playing football and other sports this fall.

Smith also touched on possible timelines for the season, saying a decision would likely need to be made by July, and that several options are on the table. That includes playing in empty stadiums, or with "socially distanced" crowds, potentially reducing capacity to 20,000-22,000 in Ohio Stadium. 

Penn State has yet to announce any changes. The University has already canceled camps through June 19, and the NCAA has barred and in-person recruiting through at least June 30.

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