SEC pushes back start of fall practices after delaying start of season

The official start of football practices has been pushed back 10 days by the SEC after last week’s announcement that the starting date will be three weeks later than originally scheduled.

The conference announced the change Tuesday, so Sam Pittman getting to have a regular practice after no spring practice is delayed again.

Tthe conference approved a 10-game, conference-only schedule last week but nobody knows exactly what anybody’s schedule is going to be as two additional games are going to have to be added to every team’s schedule.

Teams will be allowed up to 14 hours per week of strength and conditioning, meetings and walk-throughs beginning Friday and running through Aug. 16.

The conference said in a press release the change was developed based on recommendations from the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force and provides for a total of 25 practices with a limit of 20 hours per week of practice time starting on Aug. 17.

For Pittman and the Razorbacks they will continue dealing with the various curveballs thrown their way since spring practice was cancelled in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new calendar allows for more days off and fewer practices than permitted under current NCAA rules.

Schools will be required to provide a five-day acclimation period with two days in helmets only, two days in shells and the fifth day in full pads.