Nebraska’s athletic department wants to ensure that student-athletes return to campus in a safe and healthy manner, and has established a working group to assist with that process, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
The NCAA made the decision to allow student-athletes to resume voluntarily athletic activities beginning June 1. For some schools, that means players in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball can return to campuses. A vote on other sports is expected to come in the near future.
Technically, the teams in the B1G are still waiting on the conference’s decision on whether or not it will lift the moratorium on June 1. If that’s the case, Nebraska wants to be prepared.
From the Omaha World-Herald:
NU has formed a “working group” focused on the logistics surrounding health and safety as athletes begin to return over the coming weeks, Williams said. The initial wave of players will be from the football and men’s and women’s basketball teams. A future NCAA vote may approve more to return at a later date.
Nebraska’s working group communicates with senior staff, which relays information to coaches. For [Huskers women’s basketball head coach Amy] Williams, her senior staff contact has been deputy athletic director Pat Logsdon, a longtime senior administrator for women’s sports.
Some schools have already announced return plans. Ohio State’s student-athletes are expected to return on June 8. Louisville is planning for an even earlier return, potentially May 27.
If the B1G lifts its moratorium, there will likely be several institutions that follow Ohio State’s lead.