Two-a-day practices are officially done.
The NCAA Division I Council voted this week to disband the multiple practices in one day allowed to programs while still allowing them to have 29 practices before their first game of the season.
"The council's action reinforces our commitment to the health and safety of our student-athletes," council chair and Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips said. "We continue to be guided by the recommendations from medical professionals, coaches and administrators and the strong support for discontinuing two contact practices in the same day."
Teams will be allowed to practice up to a week earlier than before to get those same amount of reps in. The decision, which will go into effect immediately, was part of a plan endorsed by the NCAA Sport Science Institute as a way to reduce injuries and keep athletes healthy.
One day of practice time is allowed to include three hours of on-field work and walkthroughs. As somebody who played football in high school and went through two-a-days, I can say that this is a great thing for players. The biggest concern most players had, at least at the high school level, was still having something in the tank to finish that second practice out on top of the conditioning drills.
Even though you did get a break in between, it was still a tremendous grind. I can't even imagine what that looks like for college kids who have no control over the schedule on top of having to workout in between.