Following a vote of league presidents, the SEC will begin welcoming football players back on campuses beginning June 8.

“The safe and healthy return of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our greater university communities have been and will continue to serve as our guiding principle as we navigate this complex and constantly-evolving situation,” said SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. “At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as currently scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process. Thanks to the blueprint established by our Task Force and the dedicated efforts of our universities and their athletics programs, we will be able to provide our student-athletes with far better health and wellness education, medical and psychological care and supervision than they would otherwise receive on their own while off campus or training at public facilities as states continue to reopen.”

Though the SEC is the first to lift a conference-wide ban on in-person activities, other schools have beaten the SEC to the punch. Louisville will begin welcoming back athletes next week, Wyoming will begin in-person workouts on June 1, and Illinois will welcome back athletes on June 3.

The league will follow a multi-step process outlined here:

The SEC’s ban on camps and clinics remains in effect through July 31.

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