NCAA Reportedly Approves Voluntary Activities for Football and Basketball
The NCAA has reportedly voted to allow student-athletes to return to campuses for voluntary workouts starting June 1st.
According to Yahoo Sports, the NCAA voted on Wednesday to allow student-athletes to return to campuses for voluntary workouts starting June 1st. Despite players returning to school, it will still be up to state and local governments as well as the conference and university officials to decide if each season will be played.
Sources told Yahoo Sports that other sports will be addressed within the next week to determine the return to campus.
However, social distancing rules will still have to be in effect for teams to work out.
In a video conference on Wednesday, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said, “There would be no more than ten players in the weight room at one time to start.” One source also told Yahoo that “In theory, a full squad could be around and working out in groups in July.”
Teams have worked virtually since the pandemic started in March, so this is clearly a huge step in the right direction to get student-athletes back on their respective surfaces this season.
The article also mentioned that “athletes who’ve remained in their college towns will likely be the first ones to integrate.”
There are currently 39 Northern Illinois football players on the roster that live within the state. The majority are from Chicago or the northern suburbs. This vote will be very helpful for the Huskies as they will potentially have a chance to get the team (somewhat) together and get started on this 2020 season.