During its quarterly meeting this week in Indianapolis, the Division I Football Oversight Committee had preliminary talks about the potential of a 14-week schedule.
That’s one of a few key areas that committee members will hone in on during the next few months, the NCAA announced on Friday morning.
At the moment, Division I football plays a 13-week season with one weekend off. The exception comes in calendar years that have 14 Saturdays between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. In that case, football plays a 14-week schedule with two off weeks.
However, the committee discussed a “standardized 14-week season” along with alterations to the preseason practice period to accommodate for it.
Leading the way in making this determination is the Division I Football Competition Committee, which will give its recommendations to the oversight committee in October.
Two other items also being looked at are the size of football staffs as well as the rule that defines when a student-athlete has used a season of competition.
The American Football Coaches Association has made the case to the NCAA that some student-athletes are asked to play in games — thus using a year of athletic eligibility under the current rule — because other players at their position go down with injuries.
In those instances, the AFCA suggests a player should be allowed to compete in a limited number of games (a number not defined as of yet) without expending a season of competition.