SEC pushes back start of football practices to Aug. 17

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The SEC has pushed back the first allowable start of football practice from this Friday to Aug. 17, the conference announced Tuesday.

The change comes after the conference approved a 10-game, conference-only schedule last week that aims to kick off the season on Sept. 26 rather than the original start date of Sept. 5.

Schools 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 new calendar, which the conference says was developed based on recommendations from the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, provides for a total of 25 practices with a limit of 20 hours per week of practice time starting on Aug. 17.

According to the announcement, 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.