Nebraska will begin bringing back athletes to campus for organized workouts starting June 1, Athletic Director Bill Moos told The World-Herald on Friday.
The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to allow college football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball players to start organized team workouts starting June 1. They then ruled Friday to allow all teams to return to campus for voluntary activities.
The SEC voted Friday to allow teams to resume workouts June 8. The Big Ten said it was up to each institution to decide when to allow students back, according to an ESPN report.
Nebraska went with the earliest option of June 1. Moos said NU will start bringing back players from the football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball and women's soccer teams.
The Nebraska men’s basketball team originally planned on having players move back to Lincoln on June 6. A source close to the program said they'll now return between June 1 and June 6. It is unclear if the four international players — Yvan Ouedraogo (France), Dalano Banton (Canada) Shamiel Stevenson (Canada) and Thorir Thorbjarnarson (Iceland) — will be able to travel back to the U.S. with the current travel restrictions. Nebraska feels good about the possibility of the Canadian border opening up by June 6, but a source called the situation “very fluid.”
If, or when, the four do get back to the states, assistant coach Doc Sadler said this week he wasn’t sure if they’d need to be under a 14-day quarantine before practicing. The workouts for the basketball team would be without coaches on the floor, and can’t exceed eight or more hours per week.
The change from the NCAA to allow all sports means volleyball will also be able to return. Coach John Cook said in a podcast released Thursday that Nebraska has been on the “cutting edge” of testing, and that the volleyball team had everyone tested and ready to practice last week.
"It's pretty cool everything going on in this, I think we're ahead of 99% of the rest of the country," Cook said.
Cook said he believes the volleyball season will be conference-only, and that Nebraska is working its way to bringing fans to home events.
"Nebraska wants fans and we want sports and get it back to normal as much as we can and keep everybody safe," Cook said.
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