Report: Big Ten Will Leave Athletes’ Return To Campus To Individual Schools – Onward State
The Big Ten isn’t expected to make a formal, league-wide announcement regarding student-athletes’ return to campus this summer, according toESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.
Instead, the conference will defer the decision to individual programs and national NCAA rulings. At this time, Penn State Athletics hasn’t shared its plans for bringing student-athletes back to campus yet.
The NCAA ruled Wednesday that student-athletescould return to campuses for voluntary football and basketball workoutsstarting June 1. Practices and training sessions will need to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and are expected to employ social distancing protocols.
So far, Illinois and Ohio State are two of the few Big Ten schools that have announced plans for athletes returning to campus. The Illini are targeting a mid-June return, while the Buckeyes plan to begin practicing on Monday, June 8 pending university approval.
Penn State Athletics did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the university’s plans.
“As always, the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community is our first priority,” Kris Petersen, associate athletics director for strategic communications, said in response to ruling earlier this week. “We continue our planning for various scenarios and will continue to follow guidance from health officials, as well as our campus leadership and state leaders.”
Additionally, the Big Ten’s presidents will meet on June 7 to discuss plans for fall sports seasons as well as other athletics-related topics.
Other conferences, such as the SEC, for example, have taken collective action when planning athletes’ return. The conference’s presidents voted Friday to allow teams to return to campus starting June 8.
Earlier Friday, the Big Tencanceled its upcoming summer football media daysdue to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was scheduled to take place in Chicago this July.
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Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and is Onward State’s managing editor. He’s a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. His favorite shows include Community, Seinfeld, and Arrested Development, and he’ll probably talk your ear off about them. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at[email protected]
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