SEC will allow athletes back to campus in June
Players in all sports can return, the 14-member SEC said, after earlier saying athletes in two major revenue sports, football and men's and women's basketball, could come back.
It follows an NCAA announcement that allows student-athletes to use school facilities for player-organized activities beginning June 1.
"Based on this decision today by the NCAA and today's earlier announcement by the @SEC, voluntary in-person activities may resume on SEC campuses, at the discretion of each university, beginning June 8 for ALL sports," the SEC, which has schools in 11 states, tweeted.
Earlier SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, in a news release announcing the football and basketball stipulation, said: "At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as currently scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process," he said.
Sankey told CNN's Brianna Keilar that right now, with the football season not scheduled to start until late August, time is an asset. "We want to use that wisely. Every day a little bit of that asset slips away," he said, before the NCAA announcement. "And our hope is we could return to this activity in a healthy way." Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said his conference is making similar evaluations with medical advisers. He said there are three states in the Pac-12 that have allowed gyms to open. But he feels athletes would be in a safer and healthier environment if they had access to facilities and supervision on ...
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