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Pac-12 to require weekly COVID-19 player testing

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The Pac-12 Conference appears to be taking the lead when it comes to ensuring that its student-athletes are healthy and safe when returning to campus later this month for voluntary workouts.

According to 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello, all athletes returning to campus will be tested for COVID-19 and undergo antibody testing. The league announced last week that June 15 is when voluntary workouts can begin, marking the first time athletes can be a part of activities since the coronavirus pandemic shut down college sports in mid-March.

In addition to the initial testing, Scott told 247 that routine weekly COVID-19 testing will be part of the protocol leading up to the start of preseason football practice later this summer.

“We are going to have uniformity in the Pac-12,” commissioner Larry Scott told 247. “We’ve got a very strong medical advisory committee made up of our team docs and trainers. But we’ve got seven or eight infectious disease experts that are associated with these great university hospitals and medical research centers. They have specialists in this area and the collaboration has been terrific.”