The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors approved Friday a phase in for student-athletes to return to campus to engage in voluntary activities related to sport participation.
Beginning June 15, football student-athletes will be permitted to access campus athletic facilities and support personnel for voluntary conditioning and training exercises. Volleyball, soccer and cross country student-athletes are able to return July 1. All other Big 12 student-athletes may return to campus for voluntary sport-related activities July 15.
This phased approach is intended to permit gradual adoption of best practices for mitigation of COVID-19 as well as ensuring a safe environment and appropriately prepared facilities. Until these dates, the Conference's activities policy that was scheduled to sunset May 31 remains in effect for all Big 12 student-athletes.
On Saturday, Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt issued the following statement regarding the phase-in process to return student-athletes back to campus:
"We look forward to bringing our student-athletes back to campus. As I've stated previously, the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff will continue to be a priority in each of our decisions. For the past several weeks, our sports medicine team, in conjunction with our team physicians and local health authorities, have been working together to allow us to develop a smart and comprehensive plan to safely allow our student-athletes to resume voluntary strength and conditioning workouts. At this time, we anticipate opening our facilities on June 15 for returning football student-athletes and then welcoming many of our newcomers two weeks later. We remain optimistic and will continue to plan for football this season."