The NCAA’s College Football Oversight Committee gave college football fans another glimmer of hope this week that college football may just happen after all. According to Pete Thamel at Yahoo Sports, the NCAA committee ruled that college football coaches can formally start to work with players on July 13th.
The decision made allows teams to essentially return to the traditional four-week football training camp. Per Thamel, the next step is to have the NCAA Division I Council to approve the rule, which meets next week on June 17.
West Virginia’s athletic director, Shane Lyons, is on the Oversight Committee and has been vocal to the West Virginia media that the committee’s goal is to safely allow the student athletes to return to their sports they love so much.
West Virginia’s football coaches and staff started their two-week return period this past Monday as players are also making their way back onto campus. This is all a part of Phase One of returning to football, more of which can be found here.
The ultimate goal of the Committee’s ruling for July 13th is to have teams ready for an August 7th training camp start date. For teams participating in Week 0 games, this schedule would start July 6th and push up a week.
The Mountaineers are set to travel to Atlanta, Georgia for their week one matchup against the Florida State Seminoles in the 2020 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.