It will be at least June before Big Ten athletes will be allowed to resume organized team activities.


The conference announced Monday morning that the previously announced suspension of all such events has been extended until June 1, when the league will further evaluate the situation. The decision is the latest in a series of moves related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


On March 12, the Big Ten canceled all conference and nonconference events for the remainder of the academic year, a move that wiped out all spring sports and prematurely ended a number of winter sports. Roughly two weeks later, the Big Ten announced it would continue to suspend all organized team activities through May 4.


That brought the league to Monday. Throughout, the league has also dictated a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting “for the foreseeable future,” and that remains the case with Monday’s news.


In a release the league said it “will continue to use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps relative to the COVID-19 pandemic.”


On April 20, the Big Ten also announced a 14-member task force for emerging infectious diseases, with one representative from each conference school.


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