NCAA allows certain sports to have on campus activities restart

Tanya Simon
May 23, 2020

There will be more that needs to be done to ensure that fall sports can come back. "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", Calhoun said.

Despite the NCAA's decision, UCLA has already announced that in-person classes would be suspended through summer session C. Whether UCLA will allow students to return to campus for the fall quarter still remains up in the air, while the California State University campuses have all announced that classes will remain virtual to start the new school year. "No one wants to get into that", said a source".

In a phone interview Wednesday, Roth pointed at Utah, which has followed looser stay-home and social-distancing orders than some of its other neighbors such as California, Washington and Oregon.

First off, Notre Dame will be allowed to open up for athletes in those three sports to perform on-campus workouts.

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"Our presidents and chancellors in the Big 12 really are going to be the final decision makers, so even though they've come out with June 1, we still have some work to do, and I don't think those voluntary activities will happen at least in the Big 12 until June 15". Many athletic departments need the revenue generated by football to fund other sports.

That appears to clear the way for one-time transfers to gain immediate eligibility in football, men's basketball and women's basketball, just as now exists in other sports, but it will not take effect until the 2021-22 school year.

A former junior varsity basketball player at Gonzaga in the early 1980s, Roth said he understands the insatiable desire college athletes have to train on a daily basis. That's been really hard, I believe, on every student-athlete throughout the country. The moratorium was issued at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

The council also made several other structural moves, including temporarily waiving minimum attendance requirements for Football Bowl Subdivision schools to retain FBS status, the highest level of college football.

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