ACC Football Teams return dates: When each program plans to get back

Offseason scheduling for college football is likely as disjointed and murky as it will ever be — as schools look to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With regard to student-athletes returning to campuses, the ACC allowed its individual universities to makes their own decisions; this notion differed from some other Power Five leagues.

These situations are still fluid and details aren’t exactly readily available. However, here’s a list of ACC football programs and where they stand with

Update, 6/30: Follow Duke’s announcement to have its football players return to campus on July 12, all 14 ACC football programs either have players on campus, are in the process of having players return to campus (with some staggered system), or have dates set for when player will arrive.


Programs back


    • June 1: arrive on campus for voluntary workouts, after a period of social distancing at home
    • June 8: after another week of social distancing, voluntary workouts start


Florida State



    •  June 2: Most of the team is back, according to Manny Diaz, and going through outdoor voluntary workouts



    • June 8: Pitt football begins a phased return of voluntary offseason activities
      • After the return, each athlete will undergo a period of quarantine
      • The athletes who cleared medically may participate in workout sessions supervised by Pitt’s strength and training staff (maximum of 10 student-athletes)



    • June 8: football players start to arrive back on campus — an “undisclosed” number of athletes will be tested immediately and isolated; that period could last up to 14 days
      • After this, athletes can start voluntary workouts — groups of no more than 10
    • July: Phase 2 starts — 30-person workout groups will start


Programs returning — staggered format

Georgia Tech

    • June 15: Phase 1 starts — athletes in the Atlanta area can utilize on-campus weight rooms and athletic facilities on a voluntary basis
    • Groups are limited to no more than 10 athletes and two staff members inside a facility at one time



    • June 1: Phase 1 — 30 student-athletes for football, plus 15 each for men’s and women’s basketball)
      • June 8: voluntary workouts start
    • June 15: 30 more football players, plus 60 Olympic sport student-athletes
      • June 22: voluntary workouts starts for this group
    • July 7: remaining football players return
      • July 13: voluntary workouts start


NC State

    • June 2: members of football, men’s and women’s basketball programs (who live locally) receive physical exams and COVID-19 testing; if cleared, they can start voluntary workouts
    • June 20: Step 2 — “permissible” return to housing for football players, with men’s and women’s basketball soon to follow


North Carolina

    • June 12: coaching staffs for football, plus and men’s and women’s basketball, return
      • Also June 12: the first group of UNC football players will arrive on campus
    • June 19: the second group of UNC football players arrive
    • June 26: the third group of football players will arrive
    • June 29: the final group of football players are set to arrive


Virginia Tech

    • Week of June 1: Virginia Tech facilities prepared for offseason workouts
    • June 9: Around 30 football players started offseason workouts, per Andy Bitter


Wake Forest

    • June 8: limited number of student-athletes return — those rehabbing injuries
    • June 30: Full plan will be announced

Programs yet to report

Boston College

    • Update, 6/22: On Monday, Boston College football players started to return to campus for offseason voluntary workouts



    • Update, 6/30: On Tuesday, Duke announced that football players will arrive back on campus July 12. All players will be tested upon arrival back to campus.
    • Duke men’s and women’s basketball players have a tentative arrival date set for Aug. 2



    • July 5: UVA football players will reportedly return to campus for voluntary workouts
    • Update, 6/26: Virginia made official its return date — July 5 — and plans/procedures for COVID-19



The NCAA is in the process of extending the college football preseason. The plan would allow for 12 unpadded walk-through practices, which would take place during the 14 days before the typical preseason begins in August. A vote on the measures by the Division I Council is set for June 17.