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Coaches can now make summer workouts officially mandatory

Anthony Zettel

College football players may have more demands placed n them over the summer months, depending on the head coach’s demands. According to The Oklahoman, summer workouts are now allowed to be mandatory if a coach desires it.

Updated NCAA bylaws now allow members of a coaching staff to supervise mandatory summer workouts, up to eight hours per week. These workouts were previously voluntary for all, but pressure to participate in those sessions always existed according to at least one former football player.

“As plain Jane as I can put it, we all knew that in the summer time, you’re gonna take six college hours (of classes), and you’re gonna go through eight weeks of summer (training),” J.D. Runnels, a former Oklahoma fullback, said to The Oklahoman. “There’s not even talk of what’s voluntary and what’s mandatory.”

There is obviously a benefit to allowing coaches extra access to players during the offseason. That extra time supervising workouts and training allows for more interaction and time to focus on key areas of development and improvement. Programs that take advantage of the extra eight hours — and there are programs that will take advantage of the extra time available — could stand to have a more physical and well-conditioned team.

The question is, because players are not paid and we are in the midst of a potential union movement, is it a good idea to allow coaches to take this sort of formal power? What does this say for the entire concept of amateurism, or does it say nothing at all one way or the other?

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6 Responses to “Coaches can now make summer workouts officially mandatory”
  1. willjasper says: Apr 24, 2014 9:52 PM

    Are they going to pay for a place to live and food for the players who don’t live in the area?

    The NCAA and colleges have become a rather sick joke.

  2. hbegley6672 says: Apr 25, 2014 7:29 AM

    What’s next? Pop Warner players are employees? You know what you’re getting into before you sign. If you don’t want to do it, then don’t.

  3. mogogo1 says: Apr 25, 2014 10:42 AM

    Interesting timing given the NCAA’s insistence that players absolutely are not employees. The NCAA is, as always, their own worst enemy.

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Apr 25, 2014 11:25 AM

    Somebody figure out how to pay these kids for the full time job they perform.

  5. tonymustam says: Apr 25, 2014 1:52 PM

    This makes mandatory what has been generally viewed as mandatory by the student-athletes. They are enrolled in school and provided housing and meals. It allows players to keep up with school credits; take fewer in fall season. Year-round school is not a bad idea for many student-athletes, but the mandatory nature strikes me as too much. You should be able to train elsewhere, maybe hold a job or internship somewhere other than your college at some point in college career.

  6. cubano76 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:43 PM

    That guy in the Penn State shirt needs a few more mandatory bicep curl sessions. Just sayin….

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