After meeting during the month of June, the Division I Football Oversight Committee has decided to continue to focus on a "few key agenda items" according to their release via the NCAA.
Among the items on the docket are a 14-week season, possible tweaks to the preseason practice period stemming from the elimination of two-a-days, possibly re-defining a season of competition, and the size and structure of football staffs.
On the changes to the preseason period that coaches have been asking about, the NCAA release notes:
The elimination of two-a-day practices beginning with the 2017 season is playing a role in those discussion. As schools evaluate the effect of that change on their preseason schedules, a waiver is in place to permit schools to start their preseason practices up to seven days earlier than the rule allows. For some schools, that could mean having football teams reporting to preseason practice during the last few days of July.
The committee acknowledged that a waiver for the 2017 preseason was a way to help the membership adapt to a preseason practice model that does not permit two-a-day practices. However, the committee agreed with feedback from the membership that a new playing season model that returns the start of preseason practice to August is preferred.
At the June meeting, the discussion on the size of football support staff's continued to be a hot topic of discussion. The Oversight Committee surveyed membership asking "asking for information regarding the number of people at football programs across the country and the roles they play, including positions such as strength and conditioning, quality control, analysts and operational and administrative positions," per the release.
The Oversight Committee will get together again October 2nd and 3rd to further discuss these issues, and we'll provide more of an update then.