The return of the college football season officially took a big step forward on Thursday.
The NCAA football watchdog has adopted a recommendation that coaches can officially start working with their teams on July 13, sources told Yahoo Sports. The committee essentially established guidelines to allow players to safely return before the traditional four-week football training camp.
The committee’s recommendation has yet to be approved by the NCAA Division I Council, but this step should be a formality. The NCAA Division I Council will meet next week and vote on it on June 17.
Here is the schedule established by the Football Supervisory Committee. Schools can begin having access to their players on July 13, which would include strength training and coaches engaging in film studies with their players. (It would be a week earlier for the teams involved in week 0, as they were told they could start on July 6.) According to the language used during the football watch, summer access ” may begin 25 calendar days before the first authorized pre-season practice date. ”
These eight-hour weeks would move to a pair of 20-hour weeks on July 24, which have been added in part as a safety measure to help players physically prepare for the season. These were discussed by the group as being comparable to OTA NFL, as they would include walkthroughs and a ball.
This would lead to the training camp start date on August 7.
The NCAA has given schools the opportunity to organize so-called voluntary training with their players on June 1. This came after the NCAA lifted the moratorium on sports.