New college football calendar suggests moving on early in the season

A proposal to renew the 365-day college football calendar calls for leaders to study further to move the start of the regular season as well as the bowl season.

The proposed calendar, a collaboration between the FBS Ten Conferences and Notre Dame, would also create new dead periods, allow off-campus hiring for high school juniors, bring back the early signature date and provide more framework around recruiting transfers.

However, perhaps the most important element is the idea that officials need to “further explore potentially making Week 0 completely permissive,” the calendar notes. Under current rules, teams need a waiver to play a game during what’s called “week 0,” the weekend before the official season begins. In another proposed change, bowl games would be allowed to start on the second Saturday in December — a week earlier than usual.

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