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.
Sources: The NCAA Division I Council voted to approve voluntary athletic activities in football, MBB and WBB to start June 1st and go through June 30th. There had been a moratorium on that through May 31st. Other sports will be acted on on a later date.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) May 20, 2020
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.
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) May 14, 2020
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.