The majority of Florida State’s football players returned to campus on May 15 and will be quarantined for two weeks in anticipation of resuming NCAA-permissible activities, the Osceola has confirmed with two sources.
Transfer students and freshmen who did not enroll early will report on or before June 1. All students will be quarantined for two weeks. FSU football players were also tested today, a source told the Osceola.
The NCAA had placed a moratorium on athletics activities on campus through May 31, but the NCAA reportedly approved a resumption of voluntary workouts beginning June 1 for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Given the arrival of most FSU football players on May 15, this would allow the Seminoles to hit the ground running in the weight room and for players to organize 7-on-7 competition.
As the Osceola reported on Monday, the state’s Board of Governors will meet next week to review plans to open campuses in the fall. In the meantime, FSU players will take online classes and will have access to the weight room and fields for NCAA permissible training.
President John Thrasher had previously mandated a two-week quarantine for any student-athlete if they went home and then return to campus and wanted to use FSU facilities, for example in the rehab of injuries. A number of players coming back from surgery have stayed in Tallahassee for that reason.
The ACC has also established a COVID-19 advisory committee with doctors from each of the league’s schools. Dr. Leslie Beitsch, the Chair of Behavioral Sciences & Social Medicine, is Florida State’s representative.
FSU has a six-week summer online class schedule that runs from June 24 – Aug. 2.
The SEC is reportedly set to vote Friday on bringing players back to campus on June 1.
Osceola writers Pat Burnham and Bob Ferrante contributed to this report. We will bring you more information on the return to campus as more information becomes available