Several schools across the Southeastern Conference have expressed their plans, barring any unexpected setbacks, to return students to campus between July and August.

While those messages have been well-received by everyone as we all continue to hope for a return to normalcy, Iowa’s president recently shared the most optimistic date for a potential reopening of school yet.

On Thursday, Bruce Harreld shared the following comment to regents according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN:

“We have a moratorium on all team-related activities until June 1. We’re ever so hopeful that this virus will be behind us at that point, and we’ll be able to get back into what we normally do.”

Harreld also added that Iowa’s football team could begin practice upon arrival to campus on the first of June. The Iowa president expressed his belief that the team would need six to eight weeks of preparation in order to return to the field.

That’s the most optimistic we’ve seen a school president be when discussing a possible return to campus and the latest in a growing list of news trending in the right direction for college football.