Another big step in the return of college athletics has reportedly been taken.
Wednesday afternoon, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported that the NCAA Division I Council voted to approve the return voluntary athletic activities beginning June 1 and running through June 30. The association had implemented a moratorium on such activities through May 31 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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
The sports that are permitted to resume are football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. The other sports will be discussed at a later date, per the report.
The NCAA’s vote is a huge step towards the return of college athletics, especially college football. Though there had been some momentum trending in that direction anyway, this was an important vote from the association.
Earlier this week, Ohio State announced that football players would be returning to campus on June 8. With the NCAA’s ruling, it’s likely that other B1G football programs implement a similar timeframe for student-athletes to return.