NCAA Division I Council approves preseason model

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The blueprint for the summer of college football has officially been laid out after the NCAA Division I Council voted to approve an extended preseason.

The approved proposal, which was originally put forward by the Football Oversight Committee last Thursday, WVU will be allowed to begin up to eight hours of required weight training, conditioning and film review per week from July 13-23. They will then be allowed to begin “athletically related activities” on July 24, including weight training, walkthroughs (the use of a football is allowed) and team meetings through August 6. Student-athletes are required at least two off days in that 14-day period.

On August 7, the Mountaineers will be allowed to officially begin their preseason practice as usual.

“Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country, we believe this model provides institutions and their student-athletes flexibility to prepare for the upcoming season,” said WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons, who is also the committee’s chairman, after the model was proposed last week.

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