How much time can OSU coaches actually coach?

WHILE COLLEGE FOOTBALL is a year-round enterprise, the NCAA limits how much and what kinds of interactions the coaches can have with the players in the off-season. Things are, however, changing a bit this year.

Coaches get spring ball to deliver hands-on instruction, but once those 15 practices are over they won't be able to "coach" the players again until the start of fall camp. A program's strength coach still will be the guy players interact with most during the off-season.

But a new rule that goes into effect this year allows coaches to interact with the players for film sessions during the summer.

Those film sessions are capped at two hours maximum per week, (and are part of the eight-hour weekly workout time that schools can now require players to take part in during the summer.)

From Jan. 1 (or after the final bowl games for those teams involved) through the start of fall camp, the NCAA rules for off-season football activities:

A school must designate eight weeks as student-athlete discretionary time -- there can be no required workouts during this time but athletes can work out on their own if they choose to do so.

Outside of those eight weeks, the players can be required to participate in conditioning, weight-training activities and review of game film for a maximum of eight hours per week. No more than two of those hours can be spent viewing film. No skill instruction is permitted, (apart from when spring ball is taking place.) Players must be enrolled in summer school or meet specific academic benchmarks in order to participate.

During spring drills, players may be involved in 20 hours of athletic activities per week. Spring practice may occur for up to 4 hours per day on 15 designated practice dates. Players must be given two days off from required activities per week during the offseason, including during the spring session.

After spring ball concludes, a school must designate nine consecutive weeks between the conclusion of the academic year and its reporting date for fall camp as its summer conditioning period. At least one of those nine weeks must also be designated as student-athlete discretionary time.

All the remaining days between the conclusion of the academic year and the report date for fall camp are considered student-athlete discretionary time.

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