NCAA Will Conduct Survey About Time Demands for College Athletes

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

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The NCAA will reportedly distribute a survey to every current Division I athlete and compile feedback regarding time demands as the organization prepares to enact legislative changes in the fall, according to's Adam Rittenberg.

Northwestern athletic director and chair of the Division I council Jim Phillips told Rittenberg that a "massive legislative package" will be introduced in September before a formal proposal to enact change is voted on in January.

Rittenberg passed along portions of the survey that will ultimately dictate a shift in policy:

NCAA time demands have been under intense scrutiny lately, with Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh at the center of the controversy.

Harbaugh announced the Wolverines will travel to Florida for practices at IMG Academy during spring break—a decision that falls within the school's powers under current NCAA rules, per' Dennis Dodd.

However, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey came out and opposed Harbaugh's stated plan in the face of recent conversations about time demands.

"Our primary reaction [is] that, in the face of the time-demand conversations, we've got one program taking what has been 'free time' away," Sankey told Dodd. "Let's draw a line and say, 'That's not appropriate.'"

Shortly after those comments were published, Harbaugh sent out a message on Twitter that has been interpreted as a shot at Sankey:

"This seems completely counter to the dialogue," Sankey added, per Dodd. "We have work to do on [giving athletes a] day off. We have work to do on, how do you provide a postseason break? It seems where this is one where reasonable people could say we just shouldn't be in this space."

Dodd also cited a "high-ranking source" who said "an effort similar to Michigan's will most likely be prohibited in the near future," although it doesn't appear as though reform will be enacted in time to prevent the Wolverines from practicing in the Sunshine State starting on Saturday.

With the Division I council seeking out student-athletes' opinions, it seems to be a matter of when, not if, the rules regarding time demands change to provide more rigid guidelines that coaches must adhere to.