Key dates before the start of the 2016 football season

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday May 09, 2016

May 6-9: NFL rookie minicamps

May 19-22: NFL rookie minicamps

May 31: FBS recruiting evaluation period ends

May 31-June 3: SEC spring meetings (Destin, FL)

Late May - Early June: NFL OTA workouts

June 1 - June 26: FBS recruiting quiet period

June 7-9: NFL mandatory minicamps 

June 14-16: NFL mandatory minicamps

June 23-26: Manning Passing Academy (Thibodeaux, La.)

June 27 - July 10: FBS recruiting dead period

July 11: FBS recruiting quiet period begins

July 11-14: SEC Media Days (Birmingham, AL) (Schedule here)

July 14-15: Pac-12 Media Days (Los Angeles)

July 18-19: Big 12 Media Days (Dallas)

July 21-22: ACC Media Days (Charlotte)

July 25: Sun Belt Media Day (New Orleans)

July 25-26: Big Ten Media Days (Chicago)

July 25-26: Conference USA Media Days (Dallas)

July 26-27: Mountain West Media Days (Las Vegas)

July 28: MAC Media Day (Detroit)

Late July: NFL training camps open (Schedule here)

Late July: College football fall camps begin

Aug. 1-2: AAC Media Days (Newport, RI)

Aug. 7: NFL / Hall of Fame Game (Canton, Ohio)

Aug. 11 - Sept. 2: NFL preseason games

Aug. 27: College football season begins: Hawaii vs. Cal (Sydney, Australia)

Sept. 1: FBS recruiting evaluation period begins (42 days from Sept.-Nov.)

Sept. 8: NFL regular season begins (Panthers at Broncos)

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to