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#pounditMonday, July 4, 2022

Lincoln Riley: Bringing players back by June 1 is ‘ridiculous’

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The Southeastern Conference is set to vote next week on whether they will allow student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 1, or whether the current suspension of athletic activity will continue. We know where Lincoln Riley stands on the subject.

The Oklahoma Sooners football coach says the thought of bringing student-athletes back on campus for June 1 is “ridiculous.”

“In my opinion, we need to bring them in as late as we possibly can before we play a season. Every day early that we bring them in is a day we could have gotten better. It’s a day we could’ve learned more about the virus. It’s a day PPE maybe gets better. It’s a day closer to a vaccine. It’s a day that our testing equipment and testing capabilities get better, and it’s just not worth it. So, we’ve gotta be patient. We get one shot at this, and we’ve gotta do it right,” Riley said.

Though Riley sees no reason to rush a return of student-athletes to campus, he does believe a college football season will “definitely” happen.

He’s probably right. There is no reason to rush a return of student-athletes to campus, particularly if a school is doing all learning off campus. But an eventual return will happen.

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