So far, IL and Ohio State are two of the few Big Ten schools that have announced plans for athletes returning to campus.
A couple days after the NCAA decided that Division I football and basketball student-athletes can participate in on-campus voluntary athletic activities beginning June 1, BYU Athletics announced it will initiate a multiphase plan to allow its student-athletes that option.
Consistent with NCAA regulations, organized practices and other required physical activities remain prohibited in all sports. "At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as now scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process".
On Wednesday, the NCAA Council gave the OK to resume on June 1. June 8 will begin a transition period that will allow student-athletes to gradually adapt to full training and sports activity after this recent period of inactivity.
For the SEC, which includes 12 women's swimming & diving programs and 10 men's swimming & diving programs at its 14 institutions, these in-person activities can begin on June 8th.
During the month of June, NCAA rules permit only strength and conditioning personnel to supervise athletics activities.
"This is an important first step toward having a season this fall, and we will continue to collectively work together as our top priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff", Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a school-issued statement.
The task force prepared a series of best practices for screening, testing, monitoring, tracing, social distancing and maintaining clean environments to serve as a guide for each school.
Facilities will reopen with a number of enhanced safety protocols in place, including educational sessions on best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19, a thorough health screening process for athletes and testing of those who display symptoms. "We continue our planning for various scenarios and will continue to follow guidance from health officials, as well as our campus leadership and state leaders".
"The guidance we have received from MU Health Care, as well as city and county officials, and the SEC's Medical Task Force", Sterk said, "has provided a roadmap that allows us to safely open our facilities for supervised voluntary activities while continuing to provide academic support, medical and mental health care, and meals to our student-athletes that they would not have access to if they were at home".
"At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as now scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process", Sankey said.