Oct 19, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) drops back to pass against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Summer workouts no longer "voluntary" for college football programs

New rules are aplenty this off-season. The NCAA already passed changes to athletes’ meal plans that will stop any future Pasta-Gate scandals.

More recently, however, the NCAA has cleared college football coaches the ability to require summer workouts for student-athletes.

Whether they are enrolled in summer courses or not, college football programs no longer have to strongly suggest that each player shows up to the “voluntary” summer workouts.

The NCAA’s new rules allow for coaches to hold mandatory summer workouts, which coaches can supervise. The rule allows for up to eight hours of activities.

This is a nice change, especially with the way Oklahoma runs their summer programs.

They have some of the best conditioning coaches that have the right amount of horror stories to let fans know being a Sooner comes at a hefty price.

Just take a look at this tweet from former Sooner fullback J.D. Runnells:

Plain and simple, it ain’t no cake walk in Norman, Oklahoma.

Anyway, for a player to not want to get up, go to practice, and get better is a ridiculous thought, voluntary or not. Though, the NCAA can’t help them any longer with the new rules in place.

College football should be happy to finally get these changes. They are two years behind on men’s college basketball and a year behind women’s college basketball who received similar summer privileges recently.

In the words of Gabe Ikard, “God bless all the football student-athletes at the University of Oklahoma.”

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