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NCAA plans for extended college football preseason

In an effort to make up for lost spring practice time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA plans to extended the college football preseason.

According to Ralph Russo of The AP, the NCAA’s football oversight committee expects to have a plan in place by Thursday this week; the plan would allow for 12 unpadded walk-through practices. These practices would take place during the 14 days before the typical preseason begins in August.

Teams will be permitted up to 20 hours per week of what the NCAA calls countable athletically related activities during those extra two weeks, leading into a normal 29-day preseason practice schedule. The walk-throughs will be part of those 20 hours per week, along with weight training, conditioning, film study and meetings

Next week the plan will go to the Division I Council for approval — set to meet June 17.

Programs started to bring players back to campuses this week; as a result, some players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Player will continue to be screened and tested for COVID-19. This voluntary period, under the oversight committee’s plan, will last until around July 12. After which, two weeks of “summer access” will commence. During this period, college coach can require eight hours per week of conditioning, weight lifting and film work.

Starting around July 24, meeting and walk-through practices will begin.

 

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