The Southeastern Conference voted today to allow voluntary in-person activities to resume on SEC school campuses on June 8.
In opening back up, the SEC is requiring strict supervision of the activities and safety guidelines developed by each institution. The waiver set for June 8 allows only strength and conditioning personnel to supervise the voluntary on-campus athletic activities in football and men’s and women’s basketball. The existing waiver allowing eight hours of virtual film has been extended through June 30.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in the press release sent out by the SEC that the plan moving forward is to begin fall sports on time.
“At this time, we are preparing to begin the fall sports season as currently scheduled, and this limited resumption of voluntary athletic activities on June 8 is an important initial step in that process,” Sankey said.
The SEC will continue to be guided by the decisions of the NCAA as well as the conference’s Return To Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force created by leading experts in public health among the 14 institutions.
As for the University of Kentucky, a decision will be made in the coming days according to UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart.
“With the NCAA and SEC approving a return to activity, we will now work with our partners at the state and local governments and university levels to determine the date that our student-athletes will come back,” Barnhart said on Twitter.
“We will not compromise the safety and well-being of our student athletes in this process, taking all possible precautions. Once we take this important step in returning to activity, we will shift our focus to preparing to return to play and bringing the entire UK family — student athletes, coaches and fans alike — back together this fall in a responsible and safe way.”