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Pac-12 Commish: Student-Athletes To Get COVID-19, Antibody Tests

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said that all student-athletes returning to campuses "will be required to be tested for COVID-19 and will also undergo antibody testing," according to Brandon Marcello of 247SPORTS.com. The conference had previously not made its plans public as it approaches a "voluntary June 15 date allowing its 12 institutions to return to voluntary workouts for the first time since mid-March." The Pac-12's guidelines on testing are "among the strongest in the country." No other Power 5 conference "has yet announced uniform testing protocols for the novel coronavirus." The various approaches to testing have "concerned many administrators across college athletics." Scott believes that "some uniformity is needed when the season begins, particularly before non-conference games." Discussions among conferences about game-day and game-week protocols "are underway." Scott said that Pac-12 student-athletes also will be "required to undergo routine COVID-19 tests, which are set to be conducted weekly in the ramp up to preseason practices" (247SPORTS.com, 6/1).