Now that the Big 12 is allowing athletes to return to campus, here's what's next for conference ADs to discuss

Now that the Big 12 is allowing athletes to return to campus, here's what's next for conference ADs to discuss

Maybe the biggest agenda items for Big 12 school officials vanished Friday when the conference approved the return of athletes for voluntary conditioning and workouts. Football players can return June 15, followed by fall athletes on July 1 and winter and spring sport athletes July 15. “At this time, we anticipate opening our facilities on June 15 for returning football student-athletes and then welcoming many of our newcomers two weeks later,” Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. “We remain optimistic and will continue to plan for football this season.” Added new Baylor coach Dave Aranda: “This is an important step toward competition and I look forward to welcoming our student-athletes back to campus soon.” Expect Big 12 athletic directors and presidents to talk more this week about what has to happen to ensure a season within safety protocols, including disinfecting athletic facilities, COVID-19 testing and fans in the stands. There’s other things on the agenda. The name/image/likeness issue remains an issue with multiple state moving forward with legislation despite NCAA movement on the issue. The athletic directors will meet by teleconference Tuesday, with the ADs and presidents on Thursday and the presidents Friday. Find more college sports stories from The Dallas Morning News here.
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