The NCAA’s Division I Council will announce that its ban on in-person activities, which expires May 31, will not be extended, clearing the way for players to conduct voluntary on-campus workouts as soon as June 1, according to a report Wednesday from Yahoo‘s Pete Thamel.

The NCAA’s announcement does not guarantee that all college football players can or will return, as players will still be subject to conference, school, or state restrictions. But an NCAA decision will be a symbolic one, opening the floodgates for conferences to follow suit in the near future.

For instance, Ohio State has already confirmed it plans to bring players back to campus on June 8. SEC presidents will vote Friday on whether to re-open campus on June 1 or June 15.

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley came out strongly against the idea of recalling players on June 1, arguing college sports should use as much time as possible to prepare campus for players’ return.

However, with gyms opening across the country, the general feeling is that players will be safer on campus than they would at a public facility.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.

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