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SEC sets open date as NCAA extends voluntary workouts to all sports

SEC telling Schools June 8th
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Posted at 7:33 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 20:57:34-04

The SEC will open their campuses beginning June 8 for voluntary workouts, following the NCAA approval Wednesday.

A number of schools, including LSU, confirmed Friday of their intentions to open up campus that day. The SEC is the first conference to lift its ban on workouts. Friday morning on ESPN's Get Up, commissioner Greg Sankey said the SEC was taking its time to plan this decision out.

"The issues are the health and safety of student athletes," he said. "That's a big picture perspective. Young people, who had the foundation of their experience pulled away in mid-March, what's the appropriate way to bring people back? How do we pay attention to their health? Make sure they're in appropriate health to come back? How do we have social distancing and the right hygiene throughout our facilities? That's why the effort to take time to study, to think, to communicate and decide has been so important for this conference."

Wednesday's NCAA vote to allow voluntary workouts throughout the month of June was initially earmarked for football and basketball players, but Friday the NCAA extended that decision to all sports.

Schools are still bound by state and local laws, but will be able to allow players to use their facilities to train. Players are not allowed contact with coaches, but can be supervised by the weight staff.

Thursday, Louisiana athletics director Dr. Bryan Maggard confirmed campus would be opened to Ragin' Cajun athletes June 8; however, the Sun Belt has yet to lift its conference ban.

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