College football is closer to being back: NCAA Oversight Committee passes preseason plan
College football took a giant leap towards returning this fall with the NCAA Football Oversight Committee finalizing the preseason plan.
Per Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel, passed a formal recommendation that college coaches can began working with their teams on July 13. That’s massive news, as players are already returning to campus for voluntary workouts.
The NCAA’s Division I Council still needs to approve the plan; however, that’s figured to be a formality at this point.
Thamel lays out the planned schedule:
Schools can begin to have access to their players on July 13, which would include strength workouts and coaches engaging in film study with their players. (It would be a week earlier for teams involved in Week 0, as they’ve been told they can start July 6.) According to the language discussed on the football oversight call, summer access “may begin 25 calendar days prior to the first permissible preseason practice date.”
Those eight-hour weeks would transition to a pair of 20-hour weeks on July 24, which have been added in part as a safety measure to help get players physically prepared for the season. These have been discussed by the group as being comparable to NFL OTAs, as they’d include walkthroughs and a ball.
The NCAA Division I Council meets June 17 to vote on the matter.