Report: Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer the only SEC AD against players returning on June 1
On May 22, the SEC presidents and chancellors will vote on whether or not to allow football players to return to campus for workouts on June 1.
According to Kentucky Sports Radio, the 14 SEC athletic directors talked on Wednesday about the restrictions being lifted, but didn’t come to a unanimous decision.
Per the report, Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer was the lone person who wants to wait a bit longer before having players return:
Sources tell KSR that SEC athletic directors met virtually on Wednesday to discuss lifting restrictions on team activities, practices, and other organized gatherings, which currently run through May 31. The vast majority of the athletic directors supported allowing players to return to campuses on June 1; however, one athletic director spoke out against it, arguing that the ban should be in place indefinitely: Tennessee’s Phil Fulmer. After discussing it with the group, Fulmer proposed the date of June 15, but many believed that was too late for players to be ready to start the season on schedule. From there, the discussion was tabled for next week.
It is an encouraging sign that even Fulmer suggests a date in June — just not June 1. It seems we’ll find out next Friday what the SEC presidents and chancellors vote to do.