Report: NCAA Oversight Committee suggesting 6-week practice period before teams can play
The NCAA Football Oversight Committee has made a suggestion on the amount of practice time teams would be required to have before returning to game action for the 2020 season, according to a report from Stadium’s Brett McMurphy.
Per Stadium, the committee is suggesting a six-week practice period for college football teams before they can participate in games this season. That suggestion will need approval from the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel before it can be officially recommended.
Several college football coaches have stated that a six-week period would be enough time to get players in shape and properly prepared for a full season, though all say that more time would be beneficial. According to Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour, 60 days is the ideal amount of time for players to get prepared for the season and limit the possibility of injury.
If the six-week timeframe is approved, teams that open the season on Aug. 29 would need to report to campus the week of July 20. Schools that open their season the following weekend would need to report the week of July 27.
Conference commissioners have said that college athletic programs will not begin in fall 2020 unless students are permitted on campus — making that clear to Vice President Mike Pence in a conference call earlier this month. But nearly a dozen schools are pushing forward and planning to have on-campus classes this fall, though they may implement social distancing guidelines.
Four of the universities planning on-campus classes are from the B1G — Purdue, Nebraska, Michigan and Iowa. Michigan State is reportedly preparing to have online classes for the fall.