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New rule could allow Midnight Madness to be earlier starting this fall

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Midnight Madness could begin earlier than usual this fall after the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved a new rule. One change would allow teams to hold up to 30 days of practice in the six weeks leading up to their first regular-season game. Previously, teams had only four weeks to get those practices in.

Another change would eliminate the starting time for the first permissible workouts. Currently, teams are not allowed to begin until 5 p.m. on the Friday closest to Oct. 15. The new rule would allow schools to make their own judgment about the starting time when practice begins and when Midnight Madness would be.

Unless the NCAA’s board of directors rejects the proposal at its May 2 meeting, the rule will go into effect this fall.

The rules would not apply to women’s teams.

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  1. UKFAN197TONE

    Except UK right? Ha!

  2. Ira

    They get more practice time, or the same time just spread out more in a month and a half compared to 4 weeks? Cause if they get an extra 2 weeks of practice, it will really help Cal and all his Freshmen he is bringing in.

    1. larryvaught

      way I read it Ira, more practice time

  3. coleman gaines

    …As I read it it would allow 5 days of practice a week (30 days) for the six weeks before the first regular season game as opposed to four weeks of practice (28 continous days). I know the exhibition games would cause an adjustment in this schedule.

    1. larryvaught

      With you coleman. How I see it as well

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