Following the likes of theand , the Pac-12 announced Tuesday evening that in-person athletic workouts for all sports will be allowed conference-wide starting June 15. The decision, made by the conference's CEO Group, is in response to the NCAA Council's decision to allow a moratorium on voluntary athletic workouts to expire at the end of May.
It is still up to the Pac-12's individual institutions as to whether they want to bring athletes back on June 15 or on a later date. However, the conference has established a set of best practices from its COVID-19 medical advisory committee. Those guidelines follow a return to campus, return to athletic facility, facility specific considerations, return to exercise and response to infection or presumed infection.
"As educational institutions, our highest obligation is to the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff," Colorado chancellor Philip DiStefano said via 247Sports. "As we considered the pros and cons of taking steps that can pave a path to returning to play, those considerations were foremost, guided by the advice of our own medical experts along with public health officials."
"The Pac-12 is committed to the well-being of our student-athletes, and the decision to allow for voluntary workouts, subject to a determination by each school, is guided by the advice of our medical experts and will be supported by the detailed protocols established by our medical advisory committee in concert with our campus' own safety guidelines," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. "As states have either already opened or begin to open up access to parks, gyms and other training facilities, student-athletes should have the option at this time to be in, what for many, will be a much safer environment on campus, where they can have access to the best available health, well-being and training support."
Several schools across the country have already announced they will bring athletes back for voluntary workouts throughout June, including Ohio State and college football community is working towards a normally scheduled start date for 2020. However, Michigan and Notre Dame have been two prominent institutions that have over having fans in the stands -- or if college football could even be played at all., though Oklahoma is waiting until to welcome athletes back to campus. As of now, it would appear as though most of the