LINCOLN – As anticipated, the NCAA Division I Council approved a preseason calendar this week to allow college football to begin full training camps starting August 7th. The calendar also starts the season on time, in the first week of September 2020.
The voluntary, unsupervised workouts that many Huskers are currently utilizing along with players across the country will by allowed to continue until July 12th. After that, football programs and their coaches can start requiring players to workout and attend film study for eight hours a week through July 23rd.
From July 23rd until the start of formal training camps on August 7th, coaches can spent up to 20 hours per week with their players, divided into training and conditioning time, film review, team meetings and play walkthroughs. Unpadded and padded practice will start with the beginning of training camp season.
Husker head coach Scott Frost may be slightly ahead of the 8-ball for this strange season – Frost had the majority of his players in voluntary workouts by the first week of June. Iowa’s team has had no workouts; however, other Big 10 schools, like Purdue and Northwestern, have had more. Oklahoma has chosen not to bring athletes back to campus until July.
In a typical year, all Big 10 players would have summer conditioning through the end of May and June. Early July gives players a break, who then return in late July/early August to start training camp. Once the new pandemic calendar kicks into gear July 13th, 2020, there won’t be any breaks, and players may not return home until after the season is over, to comply with new protocols to limit transmission of the virus.