What I’m Hearing: NCAA share great news for Spring athletes


The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday voted to allow athletes in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball to resume voluntary on-campus workouts, beginning June 1, a person familiar with the outcome said.

The person requested anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.

The move lifts a prohibition that has been in place since March, when the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a variety of actions shuttering college sports, including the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments.

The Big Ten has a moratorium on all in-person team activities that runs through June 1.

Some schools had been targeting a June 1 resumption date even before Wednesday’s vote, and other schools even had been making preparations in anticipation of this.

For example, two weeks ago, Iowa State began what it termed a pilot plan under which it allowed a limited number of athletes to begin coming to its sports medicine clinic for injury rehabilitation.

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While the NCAA’s prohibition of on-campus team activities had been in place, most conferences had adopted similar, or even more restrictive, rules concerning what athletes were allowed to do. Many of those rules were set to be re-visited no later than May 31 or June 1.

But all of this likely will continue to be guided by government restrictions that have varied not only from state to state, but even within states. For example, in Virginia, certain activities are being allowed in the state except in counties that surround the Washington area, where the number of coronavirus cases has not subsided enough for local officials in those areas.

The state of Michigan’s stay-at-home order is in expected to remain in place until at least May 28.

This means that some Division I teams will be able to get started with team activities while others will not.

Free Press sports writer Chris Solari contributed to this report.


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