The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday approved a six-week practice plan for football that begins in July and will transition teams from the current voluntary workouts amid the coronavirus pandemic to the typical mandatory meetings and preseason camps to prepare for the 2020 season.
The NCAA also voted to waive the preseason limit of 110 athletes, according to West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons, who is the chair of the NCAA Football Oversight Committee. Lyons said it will be left to the discretion of each institution how many athletes it has at camp.
Including walk-ons, most football teams have anywhere from 120 to 130 players, but during the typical four-week preseason that begins in August, teams have been allowed to have only 110 players return to camp. The NCAA waived that rule this summer so that any additional athletes who returned to campus for summer conditioning, walk-throughs and meetings didn’t have to go home again.
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