The first step to getting college football back has been officially announced.
After the NCAA ushered in an organization wide move to allow schools to decide how to bring back football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball players on June 1, conferences have started their own process. The SEC announced June 8. The ACC stuck by June 1.
And then the Big 12 made its announcement late Friday night.
“The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors today approved a phase in for student-athletes to return to campus to engage in voluntary activities related to sport participation,” the conference announced in a press release. “Beginning June 15 football student-athletes will be permitted to access campus athletic facilities and support personnel for voluntary conditioning and training exercises. Volleyball, soccer and cross country student-athletes are able to return July 1. All other Big 12 student-athletes may return to campus for voluntary sport-related activities July 15.
“This phased approach is intended to permit gradual adoption of best practices for mitigation of COVID-19 as well as ensuring a safe environment and appropriately prepared facilities. Until these dates, the Conference’s activities policy that was scheduled to sunset May 31 remains in effect for all Big 12 student-athletes.”