After nearly three months without a team activity, the Florida State football team returned to action Monday in a slightly different sense.
The Seminoles — in line with an NCAA vote May 20 that permitted voluntary workouts for college football and basketball teams to resume on June 1 — have returned to in-person voluntary workouts on a limited basis this week, an FSU spokesperson confirmed.
“It’s GO time! Been looking forward to this day and missing my guys for months,” FSU Director of Strength and Conditioning Josh Storms tweeted Monday morning.
“One family coming together under one roof again. #WORK #NoleFam”
This is in line with the timeline the Democrat was told of that some players began returning to campus May 15. Over 60 players and staff members underwent coronavirus testing before entering quarantine as a step towards this eventual return.
FSU is believed to be one of the first ACC schools to return to voluntary football activities. Clemson and Louisville are resuming June 8 and Georgia Tech is resuming June 15. The SEC as a conference voted to resume football activities on June 8.
While there’s been no indication how and if the final 12 spring practices FSU lost due to the campus closure as a result of the coronavirus will be able to made up. But this return and the ability for FSU football players to work out together in a limited manner under the supervision of the team strength staff is significant.
Should the players desire, they will also be allowed to begin holding voluntary 7-on-7 workouts without the supervision of coaches.
As of now, there’s been no formal indication regarding the status of the 2020 season, whether it will go on as scheduled or under different circumstances. However, this return is a major step towards normalcy once again after nearly three months of chaos in college athletics world.
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