With spring football practice cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, Ohio State coach Ryan Day endorsed one possible alternative to make up for the lost workouts.
In a teleconference with reporters last week, Day expressed support for staging organized team activities later in the summer if the public health crisis abates.
The format is used in the NFL, where teams hold 10 days of OTAs between late May and early June in the lead-up to preseason training camp, which begins a month later.
While Day said an OTA-style model merited consideration, he added, "Until we kind of know what the parameters are, it's hard to create anything."
The feasibility remains the first issue to sort through.
A "stay-at-home" order in Ohio is likely to be extended beyond this week.
Dr. Amy Action, head of the Ohio Department of Health, said Monday that the peak of coronavirus cases in the state is projected to be in mid- to late April.
Organized team activities at Big Ten schools are suspended through at least May 4. No one knows when they might resume.
Day expounded on possible solutions should health officials deem it safe for players to practice together at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the program’s facility that has been closed for workouts amid the shutdown of organized team activities.
"Maybe it's having 10 guys work together in the building at once, and then they leave and another 10 come in," Day said. "I'm not sure how that's all going to look. So it's hard to come up with a model until we know exactly what we're dealing with."
But the alternative has drawn interest from administrators and other coaches across college football.
Day said he had spoken with a couple of Big Ten coaches about the possibility of holding OTAs to prepare for the upcoming season.
The addition of OTAs would likely require the NCAA to adjust its rules over allotted practices in the summer, altering the offseason calendar.
Following spring practice, teams are not allowed to practice more than 29 days before their first game.
That means Ohio State, which is scheduled to open Sept. 5 against Bowling Green, would first be allowed to start preseason training camp on Aug. 7.
The NCAA could extend that period to an earlier date in order to make room for OTAs or a minicamp.
Players typically are already on campus in the weeks after Memorial Day to go through strength and conditioning workouts.
At one point during last week’s teleconference, Day uttered the acronym "OSP," presumably to mean organized spring practice or organized summer practice.
Day also raised one issue for consideration.
Teams across the country, including in the Big Ten, held a different number of spring practices.
Clemson, which defeated Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinals in December, had been through nine spring practices before they were halted.
For the Buckeyes, they had held three practices during the first week of March. Other teams had yet to begin.
If teams were allotted the same number of OTAs as a replacement for spring practice, Day said teams that held more workouts in the spring would obtain "a little bit of an unfair advantage."
"So there's a little bit of inequality there," he said. "Now we certainly understand this situation is very unique, and we have to take that into consideration. But once we know when we're going to get back into this thing, then we'll try to come up with something."