Coronavirus impact: Athletes face challenge maintaining fitness, nutrition during time away from sports

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

Former OU receiver Nick Basquine participates in the bench press during OU's pro day on March 11 at the Siegried Strength Complex. With campus facilities closed, athletes are having to get creative on staying fit.

Oklahoma football will begin voluntary workouts July 1, according to The Oklahoman. 

The Sooners will welcome players back to campus facilities a little more than one month after schools are allowed. The Big 12 set its moratorium to end June 15, while the the Southeastern Conference agreed on June 8. 

OU will not move up its July 1 timeline if other schools begin workouts earlier, according to the report, which outlined some restrictions on OU's workouts: The Sooners must social distance and staff must be present only to ensure safety guidelines are followed, not to supervise. 

OU coach Lincoln Riley and athletic director Joe Castiglione have aligned over the past two weeks about how to bring players back to campus, erring on the side of patience and pragmatism. 

Riley called it "ridiculous" to try to bring players back by June 1, days before the NCAA made it admissible for schools to begin voluntary workouts then. 

Voluntary workouts are not part of the official lead-up to the season, but are an offseason staple for college football and will open facilities that have been closed since mid-March.  

According to Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger, college football is eyeing a preseason model to the NFL, with two weeks or organized team activities followed by a four-week training camp. 

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