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NCAA Votes To Allow Division I Workouts To Resume June 1

Update, May 22: The NCAA will allow student-athletes in all sports to take part in voluntary workouts starting June 1 and lasting until June 30, the organization announced Friday.

Previously, the measure only applied to football and basketball programs. The NCAA electronically voted on the matter Wednesday afternoon.

“Schools are expected to make decisions based on the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and in compliance with local, state and federal regulations,” the NCAA said in its release Friday.

At this time, Penn State hasn’t yet shared plans on how and when its student-athletes will return to campus this summer. The NCAA is leaving those decisions to individual programs, and the Big Ten isn’t expected to step in, either.

Original Story: The NCAA’s Divison I Council voted to approve lifting restrictions on voluntary workouts for football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball programs starting June 1, according to multiple reports.

Beginning Monday, June 1, Division I programs can return to their campuses and resume summer workouts and practices. At this time, the council voted to approve workouts until June 30, leaving the rest of the summer up in the air for now.

Workouts are expected to look much different than normal due to restrictions currently in place. Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel expects teams to work out in small groups and without contact for the time being.

Despite the vote, the NCAA stated it’ll be up to each individual program to decide whether or not student-athletes will return to campus or take part in organized workouts. The decisions also need to be made in cooperation with local, state, and federal guidelines.

Penn State Athletics did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the council’s vote.

Although the measure only applies to football and basketball programs, the NCAA is expected to vote on other sports “as soon as possible” in the coming weeks.

Earlier this month, NCAA President Mark Emmert stated fall sports wouldn’t take place without students on campus. However, he expressed optimism athletics could resume in the coming weeks if restrictions are eased and testing is increased.

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Matt DiSanto

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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