The NCAA voted Wednesday to allow football, and men’s and women’s basketball teams to return to campuses for voluntary activities starting June 1, but the Gophers and other teams might wait longer.
Individual schools will have to work within state government guidelines and overall campus policies to determine when and how to return safely.
“A return to campus date has not yet been determined for our student-athletes, but we will follow plans developed by President Joan Gabel and her leadership team to thoughtfully and carefully resume University operations, including ours in Gopher Athletics,” Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “We will work closely with our campus leadership and take action based on guidance from state and public health officials, and the University’s own medical and public health experts.”
Under Minnesota’s current Stay Safe MN plan, gyms would not be open as of June 1, though the state government will allow outdoor activities and gatherings of 10 or fewer people. The university has canceled all in-person classes through the summer.