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SEC to Allow Campus Voluntary Athletic Activities

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Southeastern Conference announced on Friday that it will allow athletes to begin using facilities on campus for voluntary workouts on June 8 under strict supervision by strength and conditioning personnel.

The SEC announcement comes after an NCAA ruling Wednesday that allows athletes in football and men’s and women’s basketball to return to campuses on June 1. The league had previously suspended all athletic activities through May 31 due to COVID-19.

Presidents and chancellors from the SEC’s 14 universities are the ones who made the final call after extensive conversations within the league involving commissioner Greg Sankey, athletic directors and medical officials.

In its release, the conference said, “June 8 will begin a transition period that will allow athletes to gradually adapt to full training and sports activity after this recent period of inactivity. Under plans developed by each university and consistent with state and local health directives, certain activities will be permitted based on the ability to participate in controlled and safe environments, while also maintaining recommended social distancing measures.”

Mississippi State athletics and athletic director John Cohen left the following message:

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