College Football has a preseason plan … for now
Updated: Jun 25, 2020
The COVID-19 coronavirus has hugely impacted the 2020 sports scene, but some optimism broke through earlier this week as the NCAA announced its a preseason plan for college football. The plan would presumably allow the 2020 season to start on time.
The plan obviously begins with testing athletes and staff members for COVID-19. Positive testers will seek treatment, while other would be cleared for team activities.
The first phase of official preseason plan is expected to start July 13. This phase will last until July 23, and players will be allowed to participate in weight training, conditioning, and film study for 8 hours per week.
The second phase will begin July 24 and includes walkthroughs and team and individual meetings. The final phase will be regular fall training camp, beginning August 7.
This is a positive step toward a college football season, but some programs have already had issues from testing. Some states have had big spikes in COVID cases, and some pro teams have shutdown camps.
Let’s hope this preseason plan works out. I’m not sure what I would do without football season.