1st FBS school announces football players will return to campus on June 1
In a significant step to get student-athletes back on campus, the NCAA’s Division 1 Council voted Wednesday to allow football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball athletes to return to campus on June 1. The workouts are considered voluntary, but with the ruling, we’re getting closer to organized team activities with the return of student-athletes. SEC Athletic Directors are voting on the measure Thursday, too.
“Division I football and basketball student-athletes can participate in on-campus voluntary athletics activities beginning June 1, the Division I Council decided in a virtual meeting Wednesday, as long as all local, state and federal regulations are followed,” the NCAA said in a statement Wednesday.
The University of Wyoming wasted little time Wednesday following the NCAA’s announcement, too. Becoming the first university to do so, it announced that some football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball players will return to campus on June 1, with enhanced safety measures.
“Our first priority is the health and well-being of our student-athletes, our campus community and the surrounding area,” UW Director of Athletics Tom Burman said. “We have done a deep dive into all of the options available, including quarantining and testing, and we feel good about our plan going forward. With quarantining and testing we believe there will be limited risk to our community, campus, staff and student-athletes.”
The Cowboys may be the first, but they likely won’t be the last. The SEC could announce the same June 1 date soon if it’s passed this week.