Report: Spring practices for college football expected to go as planned in 2021
There’s plenty of optimism that the spring season in college football at the FBS level will look somewhat normal again. Maybe. Hopefully.
On Thursday, Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger reported that spring practices are expected to continue as planned in 2021. That is, teams will be permitted to host 15 practices over a 34-day period. However, Dellenger is also reporting that if a team faces issues with COVID-19, there could be a waiver that allows that team to extend past the 34-day timeframe.
Last year, several teams either had to cut spring practice short or didn’t get the opportunity to practice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But with a full college football season being played in 2020 and sports continuing on campuses, there’s optimism that spring football can be accomplished.
College football spring practices should go off as normal (15 practices over 34 days). The DI Council is expected to allow teams with COVID-related pauses to go beyond the 34-day period if need be via waiver.
At least one team, Coastal Carolina, has already started spring.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 28, 2021
There’s still some concern across some campuses, including several in the B1G, whether a spring game will be a possibility, particularly with fan attendance. It may depend on conference or state regulations regarding large gatherings.
But, at the very least, it sounds as though teams will have the opportunity to practice during the spring months to prepare for the 2021 season.