Oklahoma will start offseason voluntary workouts on July 1, per a report from The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel.
OU will return later than other teams and conferences. Just a little over two months away from the Sooners' scheduled game against Missouri State Sept. 5. The Big 12 voted to allow voluntary workouts on June 15.
Head coach Lincoln Riley and OU athletic director Joe Castiglione have shown that they won’t be influenced by other teams returning earlier, and are sticking with the July 1 start date, despite other conferences like the SEC voting to return on June 8.
Voluntary workouts will allow players to use campus facilities but without coaches. Social distancing will still be required, according to the source from The Oklahoman.
“In my opinion, we need to bring them back as late as we possibly can before we play a season,” Riley said in a Zoom conference with reporters. “So, we’ve got to be patient. We got one shot at this, and we’ve got to do it right.”