The NCAA is inching closer to a plan to play college football and basketball in the upcoming 2020 season. The NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee approved a six-week preseason mini-camp on Wednesday.
Coaches can begin interacting with players, and “required” workouts may resume as soon as July 6. In these required workouts, athletes can spend six hours with strength and conditioning personnel, getting prepared for a return to football. Not only will this lead to a probable return, but it also leads to a possible on-time return for D-I football. Nebraska is scheduled to host Purdue on September 5, its first game of the season.
In addition, there is an aspect of “enhanced” summer training. This session allows athletes 20 hours a week in the gym, as well as film review, and an hour long walk-through each day. In terms of practice, no pads will be necessary, but footballs can be used.
The timetables for when these activities can begin depend on teams’ schedules. Teams that have week 1 games on Labor Day can begin required’s in mid-July, enhanced after July 20, and camp August 7. For teams who begin their season in week 0, all dates are pushed up by a week.
Division I basketball will follow an almost identical schedule. However, there will be more room for voluntary workouts and workouts without contact. On July 20, required summer athletics activities are allowed to begin and can last until the first day of classes or into mid-September, whichever comes first.
All of these dates and plans are tentative, and can quickly be upended by a spike in COVID-19 cases in different areas of the country. Coaches and athletes have been advised and are on board.