James Franklin not a huge fan of 12-hour rule from NCAA, wants more time with team
James Franklin was disappointed when the NCAA ruled that teams not participating in fall sports in 2020 would be permitted to have 12 hours with their team during this “offseason period.” He’s a believer that the time allotment should be higher.
Speaking in a Zoom conference call on Thursday, Franklin believes teams should have at least 20 hours with their players right now. Not just for training purposes, but because the Penn State head coach thinks it cuts down on the amount of free time student-athletes would have.
“We should be at 20,” Franklin said according to Audrey Snyder of The Athletic. “We were expecting 20 hours. …It makes no sense. The last think you want right now is a lot of free time.
“I sure would like 20.”
The NCAA approved the 12-hour rule after the association canceled fall sports championships in 2020 and saw multiple conferences at the FBS level postpone their football seasons. Those leagues are working toward developing a model to play football in the winter or spring months.
It’s been rumored that the B1G is potentially considering a start around Thanksgiving, or potentially even earlier. There’s been no confirmation from the conference, however.