NCAA inches closer to return to normalcy

  • The NCAA recently announced college football and basketball players would be allowed to return to campus for limited workouts starting in June.
  • The college sports governing body stressed the decision to return must be voluntary, and that activities cannot “be directed” or “reported back” to coaches.

After months of canceled games and practices, the NCAA is inching closer to a return to college sports. 

In a recent announcement, the college sports governing body announced that Division I college football and basketball athletes may return to campus to resume limited athletic activities starting June 1.

“We encourage each school to use its discretion to make the best decisions possible for football and basketball student-athletes..."   

The NCAA stressed that the return to campus must be “voluntary,” and that athletes must adhere to local, state, and federal guidelines on reopening from the coronavirus shutdowns. Additionally, coaches may not direct, nor be present for, any athletic activity. 

Athletes also cannot report back the activity to their coaches. 

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“We encourage each school to use its discretion to make the best decisions possible for football and basketball student-athletes within the appropriate resocialization framework,” the council chair, M. Grace Calhoun, said. “Allowing for voluntary athletics activity acknowledges that reopening our campuses will be an individual decision but should be based on advice from medical experts.”

The NCAA also announced a series of waivers to accommodate athletic programs and conferences as they plan to return to full operation. 

Among these were: waiving the minimum attendance requirements at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) games for two years, waiving the minimum game requirement against Division opponents in certain sports, and waiving a requirement for FBS programs to play 60 percent of their games and host five home games against other FBS schools. 

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According to NBC Sports, the waiver on game requirements will help athletic directors assemble full football schedules as schools and states are faced with different reopening guidelines. 

The governing body also waived a financial aid minimum which will allow FBS programs to award 75 percent of the maximum financial aid limit. FBS schools can now also award a minimum of 150 athletic grants or spend at least $3 million on student-athlete grants for the next three years. 

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Eduardo Neret is a digital reporter for Campus Reform. Prior to taking on his current position, Eduardo served as the Senior Florida Correspondent for Campus Reform and founded a conservative web publication where he hosted a series of interviews with notable conservative commentators and public figures. Eduardo’s work has appeared on the Fox News Channel, FoxNews.com, The Washington Examiner, Daily Caller, The Drudge Report, The Blaze, and The Daily Wire. He most recently served as a contributor to the Red Alert Politics section of The Washington Examiner. In addition to his independent journalism, Neret also previously worked at the Department of Justice and the Fox News Channel. He has appeared on numerous radio programs and NewsMaxTV to discuss his work and comment on relevant political issues.

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