UPDATE (9:36 p.m.): The Dallas Morning News reports “Big 12 presidents and chancellors on Friday approved the return of football players to campus for voluntary conditioning and workouts June 15.”
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The SEC decision came two day after the NCAA Division I Council voted to approve voluntary athletic activities for football and men’s and women’s basketball programs beginning June 1.
The fate of the Big Ten’s 2020 football season could be decided on June 7, when the presidents and chancellors of the conference’s 14 schools hold their annual meeting.
Big Ten president Kevin Warren told CNBC earlier this month that the league is not rushing to make a decision. “I’m looking to be in a position in the next six to eight weeks to see if we will have sports in the fall. But even bigger than sports in the fall is we’re collectively focusing on what we need to do to have school in the fall. If we don’t have school in the fall, we don’t have sports in the fall.”
NCAA President Mark Emmert told ESPN last week the NCAA will not mandate or oversee a uniform start time for the return of college sports during the COVID-19 crisis and it will defer to university presidents and local officials on when, and how, athletes return to competition. This sets the stage for a college football free-for-all this fall.
(NJ Advance Media’s James Kratch contributed to this report.)
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