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SEC votes to allow in-person athletic activities starting June 8th

The nation’s leading football conference has agreed to have athletes in three sports return to campus on June 8th.

 Auburn Tigers wide receiver Seth Williams during the Outback Bowl between the Auburn Tigers and Minnesota Golden Gophers on January 01, 2020 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Southeastern Conference has decided to return to campus in the of the Covid-19 pandemic by allowing individual institutions to let student-athlete’s back on campus beginning June 8th.

The decision to resume athletics activities, which at this time is limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities, supervised by strength and conditioning personnel, was made with the guidance of the Conference’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.

We’ll have to ask the players in football, men’s and women’s basketball how voluntary these workouts feel to them upon their implementation next week.

The decision comes in the wake of the NCAA’s ruling on Wednesday that allows schools to return students in the three largest intercollegiate sports by revenue to return to campus and workouts beginning on June 1st.

This will likely be the ruling for most schools, as American Conference commissioner Mike Aresco said yesterday that schools in his league will be allowed back at the discretion of each institution after the June 1st date.

The restrictions on athletes will include limited groups in weight rooms and no full-team practices allowed. But our test case on how and when collegiate athletics will return begins with the SEC.