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SEC set to return



May 24, 2020

SEC approves vote to resume in-person athletic activities June 8

     The SEC announced Friday it has voted to allow in-person athletic activities on school campuses beginning June 8.

Athletes will be limited to voluntary activities by the NCAA and supervised by strength and conditioning staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference will also be taking preventative measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, which includes a three-stage screening process before athletes arrive on campus, testing symptomatic team members, and an isolation period in the event of a positive test.

"Due to the impact of COVID-19, the SEC had suspended all athletics activities through May 31," a statement from the conference read. "June 8 will begin a transition period that will allow student-athletes to gradually adapt to full training and sports activity after this recent period of inactivity. Under plans developed by each university and consistent with state and local health directives, certain activities will be permitted based on the ability to participate in controlled and safe environments, while also maintaining recommended social distancing measures."

Commissioner Greg Sankey added the conference is currently preparing to begin playing fall sports as scheduled, and the limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities is a vital step toward that goal.

In mid-March, the SEC announced the suspension of all athletic activities, including spring football practice, until April 15.  That suspension was then extended through the end of May.

LSU’s football coaches returned to the program’s facilities last Monday.

“I see the light at the end of the tunnel,” head coach Ed Orgeron said. “Hopefully we’re about to move forward in the next couple of weeks.”



Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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