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Mitch Barnhart Releases Statement on Athletes Returning to Campus

Mitch Barnhart

On Friday, the Southeastern Conference voted to allow players to return to campus beginning June 8th, under strict supervision and safety guidelines.

The decision came 24 hours after the NCAA approved activities for football and basketball to resume June 1st through June 30th.

UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart released a statement after the SEC’s decision Friday.

“With the NCAA and SEC approving a return to activity, we will now work with our partners at the state and local government and university levels to determine the date that our student-athletes will come back,” Barnhart wrote on social media. “We will not compromise the safety and well-being of our student-athletes in this process, taking all possible precautions. Once we take this important step in returning to activity, we will shift our focus to preparing to return to play and bringing the entire UK family – student-athletes, coaches and fans alike – back together this fall in a responsible and safe way.”

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