Sports Illustrated: NCAA Division I Football Council to Vote on Lifting Moratorium on Campus Activities

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Officials can cross a major hurdle Wednesday in football’s return.

The NCAA Division I Council, a 40-member decision-making body made up of key college athletics figures, could lift a nation-wide moratorium on on-campus summer activities, multiple sources told Sports Illustrated, creating a pathway for schools to welcome back their athletes as soon as June 1. The ban, triggered in March amid the coronavirus outbreak, expires May 31.

Council members have three options. They can keep campuses shutdown completely by extending the ban, an unlikely ruling, according to people knowledgeable about the discussions; they can open campuses for voluntary training (without coaching interaction); or they can grant required training (with staff interaction). Members are in somewhat agreement on allowing voluntary access, but they plan to get feedback from coaches and administrators over the coming days.
 

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There is no such thing as the "NCAA Division I Football Council". Remove the word "football", and you have it correct. It's just the DI council.

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The NCAA Division I Council, a 40-member decision-making body made up of key college athletics figures, could lift a nation-wide moratorium on on-campus summer activities, multiple sources told Sports Illustrated, creating a pathway for schools to welcome back their athletes as soon as June 1. The ban, triggered in March amid the coronavirus outbreak, expires May 31.

Council members have three options. They can keep campuses shutdown completely by extending the ban, an unlikely ruling, according to people knowledgeable about the discussions; they can open campuses for voluntary training (without coaching interaction); or they can grant required training (with staff interaction). Members are in somewhat agreement on allowing voluntary access, but they plan to get feedback from coaches and administrators over the coming days.

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Many conferences are expected to meet soon to discuss conference-wide rulings on summer activity. SEC decision-makers are scheduled for a meeting next Friday. The Pac-12 will meet Monday, and the Big Ten is set for a June 7 meeting. However, some leagues are leaving decisions up to their individual schools. That includes the Sun Belt and American Athletic, according to each league’s commissioner.

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June workouts, voluntary or with coaching, would ready players for a six-week training camp that officials hope can start in mid-July. Commissioners, the true decision-makers in determining football’s fate, spoke to SI at length over the last few days, painting an optimistic picture of playing a fall season and potentially starting on time, though fan attendance will likely be significantly limited.

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In the sport of football, the NCAA has no ability to "control" anything.


It will be entirely up to the Big Ten Conference, on what Big Ten schools will be allowed to do. And it looks like, if the article is correct, June 8th could be the earliest possible date that on-campus training could resume for the Gophers and other Big Ten teams.
 

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I'm becoming cautiously more optimistic that football will happen this fall. Things are starting to move in that direction.
It might not be in front of fans, it might not be all or even most schools, and Minnesota might not play, but it does look like there will be some college football this fall.

Tons of states are starting to reopen. As long as necessary precautions are taken, I don't think playing football or attending classes creates any more risk than shopping in-person, eating at a restaurant, or getting your hair cut. It won't be the same as it was last year but I think it's pretty safe to say we'll see at least some college football this fall. Hopefully with a lot of schools including Minnesota.
 

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Sources say:

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. This decision ends a moratorium on all athletic activities through May 31.

This doesn’t necessarily mean a rush back to campus for those three sports, as those decisions will be made in concert with state government, local government and university officials.

But the vote on Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division I Council marks a significant step – both symbolically and in process – for the possibility of college football and other sports returning in the fall.

Sources told Yahoo Sports that the Division I Council is expected to address sports other than football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball as soon as possible. That could take place within the next week.
 

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Wash hands before handling the football, have someone constantly wipe down equipment, take temps of staff and players daily, coaches wear masks and distance themselves from the players and each other, players shower in their apartments....that’s just off the top of my head. PJ has had two months to think about it. I think they can make it work. They’re all working out with other people anyway.
 

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Wash hands before handling the football, have someone constantly wipe down equipment, take temps of staff and players daily, all staff and players (when not practicing/playing) wear masks and distance themselves from the players and each other, players shower in their apartments....that’s just off the top of my head. PJ has had two months to think about it. I think they can make it work. They’re all working out with other people anyway.
FTFY, and I think that may be the hardest part to get people to do...wish people would realize that wearing masks would actually drastically help prevent spread, therefore allowing quicker opening of the economy...
 

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FTFY, and I think that may be the hardest part to get people to do...wish people would realize that wearing masks would actually drastically help prevent spread, therefore allowing quicker opening of the economy...
That’s fine. By no means was that a complete list. They shouldn’t use the meeting rooms either. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
 

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That’s fine. By no means was that a complete list. They shouldn’t use the meeting rooms either. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Sorry, that was a bit snarky, was frustrated by some other posters on here and should've been a little more light hearted
 

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Sorry, that was a bit snarky, was frustrated by some other posters on here and should've been a little more light hearted
I didn’t take it that way. They should do whatever they have to do, within reason, assuming they want to get back to football. There are some things that will have little impact on their ability to practice, yet a potentially big impact on getting the approval of the administration to move forward.
 

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I'm becoming cautiously more optimistic that football will happen this fall. Things are starting to move in that direction.
Definitely feels like it is trending that way. The real question for all these leagues as they begin to reopen is how they are going to handle it when players/staff come down with the virus.

No real way to stop it from happening but hopefully they can all come up with a solid plan for how to handle it without shutting the league back down. This would apply to both college and pro sports.

We are quickly hitting the point where football will need to make final decisions on how they are going to handle the fall. We are not quite there yet but as we get into June plans will need to firm up as to how the NCAA and NFL are going to move forward. Will also be very interesting to see how different state regulations come into play since those differ from state to state across the country.
 

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There will be football this fall. And there will be limited fans in the stands.

Barring a major, lethal mutation of the virus, I don't see how it won't happen.

I do think there will be some kind of "uptick" in the (maybe late) fall, as people move back to being indoors more of the time, but it may not amount to a new "surge". Semantics at some point.
 
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