NCAA finalizing plan for extended college football preseason

The NCAA’s football oversight committee will release a plan that outlines how college football's preseason will take shape.



June 10, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly before the Camping World Bowl against Iowa State at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Photo by Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

After the pandemic wiped out spring practice for most major college football teams, an NCAA plan to extend the preseason by two weeks could help coaches and players make up for the lost time.

The NCAA’s football oversight committee expects to finalize a plan on Thursday to allow teams to conduct up to 12 unpadded, slow-speed practices, also know as walk-throughs, during the 14 days before the typical preseason begins in August.

Teams will be permitted up to 20 hours per week of what the NCAA calls countable athletically related activities during those extra two weeks, leading into a normal 29-day preseason practice schedule. The walk-throughs will be part of those 20 hours per week, along with weight training, conditioning, film study and meetings. Players will not be permitted to wear pads or helmets during walk-throughs, which cannot exceed one hour per day.

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