For some reason, they keep letting the man talk. I don’t get it, but there it is. You can read this high-minded “where we are” editorial in its entirety if you’re so inclined, but here’s a little taste of how detached it is from the facts on the ground. One of the reforms Emmert calls for is a reduction in time demands on student-athletes.
Sport-related time demands need to be reduced, so student-athletes can participate in the full educational experience while at college. This could include opportunities such as studying abroad and internships.
All I can figure is that he’s forgotten about the summer, because the NCAA issued a new rule permitting eight hours a week of required preparations then for the regular season.
Allow football student-athletes to participate in preparations for the season during an eight-week period each summer. Those weeks can include eight hours per week of required weight training and conditioning. Up to two of the eight hours can consist of film review. Student-athletes who participate in the summer activities must be enrolled in summer school or meet specific academic benchmarks. The model is similar to those adopted by men’s and women’s basketball in the last two years. Both the Football Bowl and Football Championship subdivisions supported this change.
Oh, “allow”, you say. Let Mark Richt tell you what “allow” means.
“One thing that will be different is this is the first year in a long time that all strength and conditioning activity is mandatory now,” coach Mark Richt said. “There’s eight hours of activity per week that’s mandatory, similar to what you have in the spring prior to spring ball.”
Richt said in some ways it was good when players had to push for teammates to work out.
He pointed out that on-field throwing and catching work, pass protection and pass rush still isn’t mandated.
I sense another NCAA regulation coming. Thanks, Mr. Emmert!