The NCAA has taken a major first step forward in potentially getting college sports rolling once again.
This afternoon, the NCAA Division I Council voted to approve voluntary athletic activities in football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball beginning in June, lifting the moratorium scheduled to go through May 31.
According to the report – broken first by Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports – the voluntary athletic activities for the three aforementioned sports will be allowed from June 1 through June 30, with other sports to be voted and acted on within the next week.
Sources: The NCAA Division I Council voted to approve voluntary athletic activities in football, MBB and WBB to start June 1st and go through June 30th. There had been a moratorium on that through May 31st. Other sports will be acted on on a later date.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) May 20, 2020
Now, it will be up to the individual conferences and schools to decide on when student-athletes will be allowed to return to campus and begin training for their upcoming athletic seasons.
As for the SEC and Kentucky specifically, the presidents and chancellors of the 14 universities in the conference are set to vote on whether or not to lift the league-wide ban on team activities this week. Last week, though, KSR broke the news that in a virtual meeting last week, SEC athletic directors met to discuss lifting restrictions on team activities, practices, and other organized gatherings, with Tennessee AD Phil Fulmer being the lone individual to speak out against it.
Fulmer proposed the date of June 15, but many believed that was too late for players to be ready to start the season on schedule. From there, the discussion was tabled for this week.
The final decision will be up to university presidents and chancellors on May 22, but the league’s athletic directors want to present a unified front. Had Fulmer not spoken up, the assumption is the group would have given the presidents an unanimous recommendation to lift the restrictions to allow players to return to campuses June 1 – as voted on by the NCAA – with a vote possibly taking place earlier than Friday.
Either way, today’s decision was a massive step forward.