BYU announces it will open its athletic training facilities on June 1

Ross Houston
May 25, 2020

The SEC's announcement Friday - which came two days after the NCAA announced it would allow athletes in football and men's and women's basketball to return to campus June 1, and one day after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced sports practices in the state can resume effective 5 p.m. Friday with the resumption of competition permitted June 15 - falls between those first two dates Malzahn and his staff were planning for.

The decision comes on the heels of the NCAA's decision earlier this week, to allow football and basketball players to return for voluntary workouts on June 1st.

The league announced that, effective June 8, student-athletes may begin returning to campus for voluntary workouts supervised by strength and conditioning personnel.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has said since the onset of the COVID-19 crises, as far back as March 12, that the league would prioritize the safety of the student-athletes at each step.

A transition period that allows student-athletes to gradually adapt to full training and sport activity following a period of inactivity.

Penn State Athletics did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the university's plans. Individual campuses will have discretion over those activities and be responsible for creating safety guidelines and supervision. Mizzou's season opener is against Central Arkansas on September 5.

"We have worked closely with the University leadership, medical professionals, training staff and coaches to prepare a comprehensive plan for our student-athletes to begin participating in voluntary activities in select athletic facilities", BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. Organized practices and other required physical activities remain prohibited in all sports.

Mizzou had already opened its facilities to coaches and other select personnel, according to Sterk when he spoke to the media last week.

NCAA regulations now allow only strength and conditioning coaches to work with athletes during the voluntary workouts, along with eight hours of virtual film review through June 30. "This is a great first step to take in order for us to get back to playing the great game of college football in the fall".

"The guidance we have received from MU Health Care, as well as city and county officials, and the SEC's Medical Task Force", Sterk said, "has provided a roadmap that allows us to safely open our facilities for supervised voluntary activities while continuing to provide academic support, medical and mental health care, and meals to our student-athletes that they would not have access to if they were at home".

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