Report: NCAA heading towards a different preseason camp model to start 2020 season
Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, spring football was canned in March. College football players haven’t been around many teammates and have been working out mostly independently for the last few months.
Several SEC schools announced recently that players can return for voluntary workouts starting on June 8; however, several models for the season are still on the table. If things go as planned with players coming back to campus in early June and no additional outbreaks of the coronavirus, the season may just start on time. That’s the hope anyway.
On Thursday evening, Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel reported that the NCAA football oversight committee met, and they are heading toward recommending a 6-week preseason football camp model only for the 2020 season. Thamel reported that the details will be looked at over the next week, and it may be formally recommended to the NCAA Division I Council for approval sometime around mid-June.
Prior to 2020, teams have had training camp starting in August for about 4 weeks. This would be an extension to that due to spring practice being canceled. Obviously, details have yet to be finalized, but most figured there would be some sort of summer camp prior to fall camp. The model Thamel is reporting on would just extend fall camp a couple weeks prior to games starting.