On Monday, word got out about the NCAA’s six-week preseason practice plan that would lay the groundwork for college football starting on time. Today, that plan got one step closer to becoming a reality. Yahoo Sports is reporting that the NCAA Football Oversight Committee has formally recommended the plan, which is expected to be approved by the D-I Council on June 17.
Now, the details. According to the plan, strength workouts and film study with coaches can begin July 13 for teams whose seasons are set to start on September 5 (teams with season openers in Week 0 can begin one week before). Those eight-hour weeks will transition to two 20-hour weeks of enhanced training on July 24, including walk-through practices with a ball. Preseason camp will begin on August 7.
Phase 1 of UK Football’s return to campus began on Monday, with players who remained in Lexington throughout the pandemic allowed back into the training facility for voluntary workouts. That group includes Terry Wilson, AJ Rose, Landon Young, Drake Jackson, Beau Allen, Max Duffy, the Big Blue Wall, and several defensive stars. On Tuesday, junior defensive end Josh Paschal gave reporters an in-depth breakdown of what those workouts have been like so far, including the steps UK is requiring players to take to come in and out of the facility:
- Fill out “Do you have symptoms?” survey on your phone.
- Upon approval, make way to facility at designated workout time.
- Workout gear is worn to facility; only shoes remain on campus.
- Trainer asks if anything has changed symptoms-wise since leaving home.
- Take temperature.
- Grab water bottle, towel, shoes from managers.
- Everything is outside except lifting. Every player has their own weight rack, six feet apart.
- Strength coaches sanitize everything once it is finished being used.
- Pick up phone, keys and wallet and get out the door.
- Pick up food and protein shakes from nutritionist.
- Clean up at home.
“From what we know, we feel as if the facility is the safest place we can be right now,” Paschal said. “Just because of how sanitized it is after we’re done working out and before we’re done working out, things like that. Each of my teammates, we all have full faith in our training staff and our strength staff to make sure we’re in a clean environment and keep our safety first.”
Now, if the coronavirus will cooperate, we’ll be set. (You reading, coronavirus?)