One step closer to football.
The NCAA Football Oversight Committee on Thursday passed a recommendation that coaches can begin formally working with their teams on July 13, according to multiple reports. Yahoo Sports Pete Thamel first reported that the recommendation is now awaiting approval from the NCAA Division I Council, something Thamel termed a “formality.” The council will vote on the recommendation on June 17.
According to Yahoo Sports, eight-hour-a-week football activities such as strength workouts and film study with coaches and players can begin on July 13. For teams participating in Week 0 (Nebraska is not), they can start a week earlier on July 6.
Those eight-hour weeks would then become two 20-hour weeks beginning on July 24, according to Yahoo Sports, a period comparable to NFL OTAs that would include walkthroughs and a ball, intended in part as a safety precaution to ramp up player activity before fall camp officially begins.
During a Sports Nightly radio appearance Wednesday night, Husker head coach Scott Frost expressed a sense of optimism regarding where his own team is at.
“We’ve been working for a while and the vast majority of guys that we’re going to need to win are almost football ready right now,” he said. “We still have some work to do from an Xs and Os standpoint and things of that nature. We’re going to need some live reps to get it really football-ready at the end of the day, but just as far as strength and conditioning levels, I feel really good about where we are.”
Nebraska began voluntary workouts on June 1, the earliest date allowed by the NCAA. Nebraska has announced no positive COVID-19 test for any of its football student-athletes since returning to campus and resuming workouts.
Preseason training camp, according to reports, would begin 29 days prior to the team’s first game. Nebraska opens its season at home against Purdue on Sept. 5. Fall camp would begin on Aug. 7.