The NCAA is allowing voluntary football and basketball workouts to resume on-campus activities beginning June 1, even as universities around the country are figuring out how to resume their academic calendar for the fall 2020 semester.

The NCAA Division I Council said college athletes can take part in “voluntary athletics activities” such as workouts at the beginning of June, as long as they can also follow any local restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus, such as limits on building capacities and physical distancing.

The new provision applies to voluntary on-campus workouts, not regular practices, and says football and basketball players, not coaches, must initiate the activity.

Earlier this year, NCAA spring sports were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. UNC gave its students an extended spring break, but then urged them to stay away from campus and moved classes online for the remainder of the semester.

UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said that the university is planning on having students back for the fall semester, a statement that was later echoed by UNC System interim president Bill Roper.

“As we end this [spring] semester,” Guskiewicz wrote, “we are planning for the fall. We are hoping to return in mid-August but we are planning for many different scenarios.”

UNC’s first football game is scheduled for September 4 against Central Florida in Orlando. does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.