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“Georgia Tech athletics continues to plan the return of athletic activities to campus with the health and safety of our student-athletes and staff as our top priority,” the statement read. “We are closely following guidance from the Institute, the University System of Georgia (USG), Governor Brian Kemp’s office and public health experts to determine the best way to resume these activities.”
To receive clearance, Tech and the other four Division I state schools in Georgia — Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Kennesaw State — would have to submit a plan for its activities to the USG. Undoubtedly, officials at all schools have been preparing for the possibility of a June 1 return.
“(Wednesday’s vote) was kind of what we all expected, relative to workouts in June,” Georgia Southern athletic director Jared Benko told the AJC.
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Given that the state of Georgia has already reopened gyms, a case could be made that the five USG schools might be wise to permit its football and basketball players to train in their own facilities, where staff would have control of the environment.
“The biggest thing is just a responsible approach,” Benko said. “If we’re going to have those student-athletes’ welfare front and center, then obviously you have to be very intentional and very deliberate so that whatever you do, it’s done in a responsible manner.”
Voluntary athletic activities typically are strength or conditioning workouts. By NCAA rule, they generally are overseen by a strength coach as opposed to a sport-specific coach.
Voluntary activities for other sports will be determined later.