Michigan State announces return date for student-athletes
In the next two weeks, Michigan State student-athletes will begin returning to campus.
Colton Pouncey of The Athletic is reporting that student-athletes at Michigan State will be permitted to return to campus beginning June 15. The news comes days after the NCAA’s moratorium on organized team activities ended (June 1).
Michigan State will allow its student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary summer workouts beginning June 15, the school just announced.
— Colton Pouncy (@colton_pouncy) June 4, 2020
Student-athletes will be permitted to return to campus to participate on voluntary workouts. Other B1G schools that have announced similar plans include Purdue, Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio State. Some schools are already in progress in returning players to campus.
Most schools are permitted small groups of student-athletes to return to campus at staggered times in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. Already, some schools in the Big 12 — Iowa and Oklahoma State — have confirmed cases of the virus.
The Spartans are in a unique situation, with new head coach Mel Tucker taking over the program in February. Mark Dantonio stepped down after 13 seasons in East Lansing.
Michigan State missed out on spring practice like every other program, meaning the summer and fall will be the first time Tucker and his staff have spent around the team. Coaches have continued to connect with players virtually during this time.
Last season, the Spartans finished with a 7-6 record. Tucker ended his lone season at Colorado as head coach with a 5-7 mark.