Aug. 28, 2012
Basketball season doesn't start for a few months, but the Golden Gophers have already gotten a head start on preparation for 2012-13. New NCAA rules allow coaches to work often with their teams during the summer months. Mike Grimm, the radio voice of the Gophers, sat down with head coach Tubby Smith to discuss the rule changes and their benefits.
The new rules allow for eight hours of coaching per week for eight weeks during summer classes. Two of those eight hours may be spent on the court, while the others go toward strength and conditioning. The daily maximum is two hours.
Before, college basketball players could only be coached by strength and conditioning staff--not their basketball coaches--during the summer. Those workouts plus a lot of pick-up games kept them busy in previous offseasons, but the new rules allow for more interaction and more specific drills.
"It was a good thing to have, to see our players on a regular basis, where (before) you'd go weeks without seeing them," Smith said.
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