LSU football to resume voluntary activities June 8

LSU’s athletic department announced today that voluntary activities for the football program can resume June 8.

All athletic activities had been prohibited through May 31 in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The SEC announced Friday the voluntary in-person athletic activities could resume on campuses, at the discretion of each member university. 

“I want to thank Scott Woodward and Greg Sankey for putting us in a position to get our team back on campus,” said LSU football coach Ed Orgeron in a news release. “Our administration has worked very hard to make sure that all of the necessary safety procedures and protocols are in place to keep our team safe and healthy. This is a great first step to take in order for us to get back to playing the great game of college football in the fall.”

The SEC assembled the Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, which prepared a series of best practices for all areas related to the health and wellbeing of student-athletes on campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to those practices, LSU has enhanced its own safety protocols.

The new protocols include daily screening,  temperature checks and CDC questionnaires for student-athletes and staff on campus before entering athletic facilities, contact tracing, strategic physical distancing protocols and necessary PPE to provide a safe environment.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes is our top priority,” said Scott Woodward, Director of Athletics, in a news release. “We believe our student-athletes can and will receive the best possible care under the daily and strict supervision of our medical personnel and athletic trainers and in a facility designed to accommodate the unique needs of elite-level athletes.”

LSU has currently not announced plans for student-athletes from other sports to return.