NCAA approves return of student-athletes in all sports to campuses in June
First, the NCAA approved the return of student-athletes in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball to campus beginning June 1, lifting the moratorium on all organized team activities. Now, that ban has been removed for all athletes.
On Friday, the association approved that student-athletes across all sports may return to campuses for voluntary team activities beginning June 1. That ruling comes two days after the NCAA approved football and men’s and women’s basketball to return.
The B1G has not yet made a similar statement on its moratorium, which currently runs through June 1. However, the SEC did lift its dead period and will allow voluntary football activities beginning June 8.
Some B1G schools are already taking advantage of the NCAA’s ruling. Nebraska (June 1), Illinois (June 3), Ohio State (June 8) and Iowa (June 8) are four schools in the conference that have announced return dates. Ohio State was the first, making the decision a day before the NCAA announced its ruling.
Social distancing guidelines are still in place, as schools will allow a gradual return for student athletes. Most have released plans for small groups to come onto campus in a staggered manner as precautions for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
With the NCAA’s ruling and four B1G schools making the move, expect more athletic departments within the conference to make similar announcements in the near future.