UNDATED (AP) — More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have their coaching staffs back at their facilities yesterday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them. NFL teams have been performing all their offseason duties virtually since their facilities were closed by Commissioner Roger Goodell in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league is taking a slow approach to reopening those team buildings, with the latest step allowing coaching staffs to return.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars marched from their stadium to the steps of the sheriff’s department yesterday in protest against inequality and police brutality. The march included several players and family members, along with head coach Doug Marrone, general manager Dave Caldwell and assistant coach Terry Robiskie. Many wore “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts in what the team called an attempt to “raise awareness for racial injustices against the Black community” following the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma State men’s basketball team has been hit by numerous penalties by the NCAA infractions committee. Penalties include a one-year postseason ban for the team for next season. The ruling includes three years of probation, a $10,000 fine and a reduction in basketball scholarships for the program. The punishment comes the day former Oklahoma State assistant men’s basketball coach Lamont Evans was found by the infractions committee to have violated ethical-conduct rules by accepting up to $22,000 in bribes from financial advisers.
UNDATED (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has approved a plan for Muirfield Village Golf Club to have at least some fans for the Memorial in July. That would make it the first PGA Tour event with a crowd since the tour was shut down March 13 by the coronavirus. DeWine says plans submitted for the tournament were approved by local officials. He said on Twitter that casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks will be able to open on June 19.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross had surgery yesterday for a congenital fusion in his spine that will keep him off the field this upcoming season. Ross was being monitored for a shoulder injury suffered in March, but head coach Dabo Swinnery says X-rays revealed that two vertebrae in his spine were fused and he had a bulging disc. Ross had a team-high 66 receptions last season for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.