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NCAA Division I Council approves six-week preseason practice plan

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We are looking at the return of college football for this season. 

After the proposal and model of a six-week preseason practice plan was approved by the NCAA’s Oversight Committee, the idea was approved by the NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday. Spring football was robbed from the sport and its fans because of the coronavirus pandemic; however, the NCAA has found a way to restore what was taken away. 

Student-athletes in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball were allowed to return to campuses on June 1 for in-person voluntary workouts. According to the Southeastern Conference, the 14 schools it has were approved for workouts on June 8. 

For the University of Alabama, it will continue with workouts through June 25. 

On July 13, the Crimson Tide along with other institutions will be required to participate in up to eight hours of weight training, conditioning and film review per week. While it cannot view more than two hours of film, this process is scheduled to go through July 23. 

The next phase starts on July 24, as each program will have up to 20 hours of countable athletically related activities per week.

This includes eight hours of weight training and conditioning, six hours of walk-throughs (which can include a football) and six hours of meetings (film review, team meetings, player meetings and one-on-one meetings). 

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During the 14-day period – June 24 through August 6 – student-athletes get two days off. 

The fall camp schedule would then begin on Aug. 7, which includes a five-day acclimation period and followed by up to 25 on-field practices.

Shane Lyons, chair of the Oversight Committee and athletics director at West Virginia University, orchestrated the model. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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