MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman has decided to opt back in for the 2020 football season in light of the Big Ten's resumption of fall competition, contingent on the star junior gaining the necessary eligibility clearance.
Coach P.J. Fleck confirmed Tuesday that Bateman, who won the conference's receiver of the year award in 2019, has rejoined the Gophers for practice.
Because Bateman previously signed with an agent - Blake Baratz of the Minneapolis-based Institute for Athletes - in anticipation of declaring for the next NFL draft, his playing status remains tenuous. The university obtained permission from the NCAA's student athlete reinstatement staff for Bateman, who made his opt-out announcement Aug. 4, to practice. Now the two sides must work toward a resolution for him to potentially regain eligibility this fall.