PROVO — The NCAA approved a plan Wednesday that will provide college football programs six weeks of preseason practice before the season kicks off.
Teams that begin the season the first week of September are allowed to begin summer access activities on July 13, with meetings and walk-throughs starting on July 24 and regular practices on Aug. 7.
BYU is scheduled to open the 2020 campaign at Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3.
“We are encouraged by the NCAA Division I Council’s announcements today approving summer athletics activities and preseason practice for the upcoming 2020-21 athletic season,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “As we did previously with the return to campus for voluntary workouts, we are developing plans for our student-athletes to begin countable athletically related activities this summer as outlined by the NCAA. We’ll continue to work with university leaders and government officials to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely as we make preparations for the coming season.”
Members of BYU’s football team returned to campus to participate in voluntary workouts June 1.
College basketball summer access is scheduled for July 20. The Cougar basketball team also came back to campus for voluntary workouts on June 1.