Football in July? AAC coaches not exactly hot for idea
The longer college football's talking season stretches, the louder the sentiment seems to resonate.
The real season can't arrive soon enough.
Oh, but it can. And it is. What's more, some coaches aren't crazy about it.
Across the country, preseason practices for many schools will commence later this month. USF, in fact, starts Monday. SMU's players report July 30, but Coach Chad Morris purposely is refusing to start camp until Aug. 1.
"There's something about football practice in July that just gives me a bad taste," he said.
He might have to get used to it.
Now that the NCAA has eliminated two-a-days, teams need more time to get in the maximum 29 preseason workouts allowed. Additionally, the NCAA's football oversight committee is examining a proposal to spread the 12-game regular season over 14 weeks, to give more players time off during the season.
That would mean an earlier start to the regular season, thereby forcing preseason camps to commence earlier. This story from the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer explains the proposal.
"I was just fine starting in August and playing in the beginning of September," UCF coach Scott Frost said. "Now, backing it up takes more time away from assistant coaches and players in the summer. We'll see how it works out. I think it's an experiment for everybody this year, but I don't know if I like it yet or not."
This year, USF probably would've been forced into an earlier start regardless.
The Bulls open the season Aug. 26 -- Week Zero -- at San Jose State. Still, Coach Charlie Strong said he'll moderate the Bulls' practice schedule the first two weeks, when players still are taking summer classes.
"Camp really begins on Aug. 7," he said Tuesday. "So what I'm gonna do is manage these two weeks here, give 'em some days off so that you don't beat the team down. Because it's five weeks before we play our first game."