The return of college sports just took a big step toward becoming a reality.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, college athletes have been banned from working out on campus for the last two months.
Now, Pete Thamel reports that the NCAA has voted to approve voluntary athletic activities returning to college campuses beginning June 1st for football, as well as men’s and women’s basketball.
Sources: The NCAA Division I Council voted to approve voluntary athletic activities in football, MBB and WBB to start June 1st and go through June 30th. There had been a moratorium on that through May 31st. Other sports will be acted on on a later date.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) May 20, 2020
However, this vote isn’t the final say. States and schools can still determine when they’ll allow athletes to return to campus and begin training for their upcoming seasons.
On Friday, SEC presidents and chancellors of the 14 universities will vote on whether or not to lift the league-wide ban on team activities. The current league ban on such activities goes through May 31st, and the hope is they’ll vote to resume activities on June 1st.
While not the final say on the matter, this is still a very positive step toward things getting back to normal.