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Alabama photo by Kent Gidley / Alabama football coach Nick Saban

An adjusted Southeastern Conference 2020 football schedule due to continuing concerns over the coronavirus will be preceded by an adjusted preseason as well.

The SEC on Tuesday announced that preseason practices have been moved from Friday's scheduled starting point back to Aug. 17. Beginning Friday, the 14 league institutions are instead permitted to conduct up to 14 hours per week of strength and conditioning, meetings and walkthroughs.

From Aug. 17 up to the SEC season openers on Sept. 26, schools are allowed 25 practices with a limit of 20 hours per week of workout time. The league announcement added that "a five-day acclimatization period is required, with two days in helmets only, two days in shells and the fifth day in full pads."

Each school will be required to provide players at least two days off each week until the week leading up to Sept. 26. The SEC's opening Saturday had originally been set for Sept. 5 but was pushed back last Thursday, when the conference revealed it would be playing a 10-game season consisting solely of league games.

This new calendar, the SEC said, will provide players more days off than the NCAA requires and fewer practices than permitted under NCAA guidelines.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524. Follow him on Twitter @DavidSPaschall.

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