NOK - NCAA allows resumption of voluntary team activities in Division I football and basketball

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By Dan Wolken and Steve Berkowitz
USA TODAY

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.

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.

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.

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