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College football return dates – 247Sports

May 23, 2020

College football is beginning to come back online.

The NCAA cleared the path in a vote May 20 for its football programs — along with men’s and women’s basketball — to begin on-campus voluntary workouts as early as June 1 and then approved in a follow-up vote Friday that all sports may return to their respective campuses on the same date. The decision is only a guideline, however, and conferences and schools will make their own decisions based on guidance from state and local health officials as they continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

The Southeastern Conference became the first major conference to move forward with plans to return student-athletes to campus for voluntary workouts beginning June 8, but not all of its schools will follow that guideline. The Big 12 announced late Friday it will allow football players to use campus facilities for voluntary workouts beginning June 15.

It appears three of the Power 5 conferences — SEC, Pac-12 and Big 12 — will vote on guidelines that will lift moratoriums on organized team activities. The SEC and Big 12 made its decisions Fridayand the Pac-12 is scheduled to vote on a return date next week.

Still, individual schools are moving forward with plans and have made announcements on when they will allow student-athletes to return to their campuses for the first time since March. Below is an updated list of return dates for voluntary workouts in football at all Power 5 teams and a few notable independent and Group of 5 programs.


Boston College: TBD
Clemson: TBD (June 1 under consideration)
Duke: TBD
Florida State: June TBA
Georgia Tech: TBD
Louisville: June 8 (30 student-athletes); June 22 (30 more student-athletes); July 18 (remainder of student-athletes)
Miami: TBD
North Carolina State: TBD
Syracuse: TBD
Virginia: TBD

“Even though the NCAA has and is allowing voluntary workouts starting June 1, as we know in this environment, they’re really not determining what’s happening,” Virginia coach Mendenhall said May 21. “The states and each institution really are determining what is safe, and so we’re following the state and CDC guidelines and working with our own medical people.”

Wake Forest: TBD

Big Ten (TBD)

Presidents and chancellors’ annual meeting is June 7, but it’s not clear if conference-wide guidelines will be decided at that time.

Illinois: June 3-8 (waves of 35-45 student-athletes)
Indiana: Mid-June
Iowa: June 8
Maryland: TBD
Michigan: TBD
Michigan State: TBD
Minnesota: TBD
Nebraska: TBD
Northwestern: TBD
Ohio State: June 8
Penn State: TBD
Purdue: TBD
Rutgers: TBD
Wisconsin: TBD

Big 12 (June 15)

Baylor: June 15
Iowa State: TBD
Kansas: TBD
Kansas State: TBD
Oklahoma: TBD
Oklahoma State: TBD
Texas: TBD
Texas Tech: TBD
West Virginia: TBD

Pac-12 (TBD)

Conference presidents will vote next week on a return date

Arizona: TBD
Arizona State: TBD
California: TBD
Colorado: TBD
Oregon: TBD
Oregon State: TBD
Southern California: TBD
Stanford: TBD
Utah: TBD
Washington: TBD
Washington State: TBD

SEC (June 8)

Alabama: June 8
Arkansas: June 8
Auburn: June 8
Florida: June 8
Georgia: June 8
Kentucky: TBD
LSU: June 8
Missouri: June 8
Mississippi State: June 8
Ole Miss: June 8
South Carolina: June 8
Tennessee: June 8
Texas A&M: June 8
Vanderbilt: TBD

Vanderbilt statement (May 22): Vanderbilt has created aReturn to Campus Planto ensure that we can all return to campus in the safest manner possible and in a phased approach, and any resumption of athletic activities will align with that plan.

NCAA (June 1)

Memphis: Preparing for return as early as June 1
Notre Dame: TBD
Tulsa: No earlier than July 6
Wyoming: June 1