What is this “voluntary” summer thing you speak of?

Oh, look.  A new NCAA rule.

Summer used to be the sole domain of strength coaches as on-field football coaches were not allowed to have in-person coaching contact or even evaluation until fall camp began. In fact, workouts were not allowed to be called mandatory although they had become virtually that at most major college programs.

Now, teams can have eight hours per week during summer school that can be supervised by a coach. Two of those hours can be used for film review…

On the bright side, I guess you could say they’re slowly starting to dispense with the pretense.  All for the players’ good, of course.



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7 responses to “What is this “voluntary” summer thing you speak of?

  1. AusDawg85

    Reporter: “Mr. Emmert, how do you respond to the attacks on the NCAA that you treat players like unpaid employees?”

    Emmert: “I’m not answering any questions on pending litigation. Instead, I’d like to announce the new allowance for mandatory practice during Summer as a part of our ongoing efforts to enhance and provide for the student athlete experience.”


    • Joe Schmoe

      Exactly. The timing of this seems very strange given the current arguments that the NCAA is trying to make. These guys really are deaf and blind.


      • 69Dawg

        +1000 It just boggles the mind. If ever an organization had a fire, aim attitude it’s the NCAA. The O’Bannon lawyers are dueling with unarmed opponents. It seems that they are just reinforcing the NLRB’s ruling. I guess the coaches are making the case that since it’s all in the crapper anyway we might as well get as much out of them for free as we can.


  2. Macallanlover

    I can support less time with S&C supervision. All I have seen from working 300 days a year from athletes is more injuries. Players lift more but play less. This isn’t to say they shouldn’t work out and take care if thsmselves but the body can only take so much. Seems we think everyone needs the whole bottle of aspirin.


    • Bright Idea

      Mac, Your point is hard to argue against.


    • Gaskilldawg

      One observation in support of your point is that in the old days (I started following college football about 50 years ago) no one ever complained about players’ fitness and conditioning, and players went home in the summer and had summer jobs. During my days as a student at UGA in the 70’s I would sometimes have summer jobs working with football players.
      I have some suspicion that the expectation that players stay on campus in the summer to participate in voluntary workouts is because coaches do not want to give up control of their players for 2 months.


  3. FtWorthDawg

    I ffor one appreciate any extra time Coach Pruitt gets with this group. It’s gonna take a little while to extricate the Grantham out of these guys.