NCAA lifts on-campus moratorium

College sports’ pandemic policies have been uniform. That may be about to change

"Allowing for voluntary athletics activity acknowledges that reopening our campuses will be an individual decision but should be based on advice from medical experts", Council Chair M. Grace Calhoun said in a release.

According to ESPN, the SEC is still working on a reopen plan. Why would the NCAA risk bringing student-athletes back to campus, where it could potentially be unsafe, unless there was an option to play?

For Indiana and other Big Ten schools, that ability to return remains dependent upon the Big Ten lifting its own ban on all organized team activities, which is set to expire on June 1 as well.

"We're in four different states", GU athletic director Mike Roth said, "and our feeling was, we shouldn't restrict one institution from doing something just because another institution can't". Some remain under stay-at-home or safer-at-home orders.

First off, Notre Dame will be allowed to open up for athletes in those three sports to perform on-campus workouts.

The NCAA said it reached a decision after a virtual meeting Wednesday. Many states are still limiting the number of gatherings at a time. "So, it'll be limited capacity, it'll be spacing, all kind of things that'll come into play there".

"An NCAA vote Wednesday cleared the return of student-athletes to campus in football, men's basketball and women's basketball on June 1 through June 30, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports". That's been really hard, I believe, on every student-athlete throughout the country.

The NCAA has made it easier for college football teams to fill their 2020 schedule in the event teams have to scramble to find games amid the coronavirus pandemic. There will be no NCAA mandate on required frequency of testing.



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