Pac-12 announces date for players to return to campus for voluntary workouts
The college football world will be slowly starting up again once the calendar flips to June. Heading into Tuesday, the Pac-12 had yet to announce its plans, but that changed this afternoon.
Shortly after commissioner Larry Scott appeared on “The Paul Finebaum Show,” the conference issued a press release announcing when schools could have players return.
Per the release, Pac-12 schools can welcome athletes back to campus starting on June 15 in areas where that is allowed by governments:
ANNOUNCED: The Pac-12 will allow for voluntary in-person athletic workouts for all sports to commence on June 15, subject to the decision of each campus & where permissible by relevant governmental entities.
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) May 26, 2020
“The Pac-12 is committed to the well-being of our student-athletes, and the decision to allow for voluntary workouts, subject to a determination by each school, is guided by the advice of our medical experts and will be supported by the detailed protocols established by our medical advisory committee in concert with our campus’ own safety guidelines,” Scott said in a press release. “As states have either already opened or begin to open up access to parks, gyms and other training facilities, student-athletes should have the option at this time to be in, what for many, will be a much safer environment on campus, where they can have access to the best available health, well-being and training support.”
It does seem like there will be football this fall. That’s a positive sign for a number of athletic departments that would have to make some tough financial decisions without football.