Key dates before the start of the 2017 football season

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday February 28, 2017

The countdown clock for the 2017 football season is underway. Bookmark this page for key dates to keep in mind. It will update as more specifics become available.

Feb. 28 - March 6: NFL Combine (Indianapolis)

March 9: NFL free agency begins

April 8: Clemson spring game and 25 other spring games

April 12-14: NCAA Division I Council meeting — Vote on 10th assistant, early signing, satellite camps and more

April 15: End of recruiting Quiet Period, beginning of Evaluation period

April 22: Alabama spring game and 29 other spring games.

Mid-April: NFL announces 2017 schedule

April 26: NCAA Division I Board of Directors ratify or rescind Council approvals

April 27-29: NFL Draft (Philadelphia)

May 5-8 / 12-15: NFL rookie minicamps

May 31: End of recruiting Evaluation Period

Late May: SEC spring meetings (Destin, FL)

Late May - Mid-June: NFL OTAs

June 1 - July 31: Recruiting quiet period

June 22-25: Manning Passing Academy (Thibodaux, LA.)

June 26 - July 9: Recruiting dead period

July 10-13: SEC Media Days (Hoover, AL)

Mid-July - Late-July: College football conference media days (TBA)

Late July: NFL teams open preseason training camp

Late July: College football fall camps begin

Aug. 3: NFL Hall of Fame Game, preseason begins

Aug. 26: College football season begins (Stanford vs. Rice in Australia)

Sept. 7: NFL regular season begins

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